3 killed, 30 injured in Egypt on Monday

"What happened was that thugs in the square had got out to attack our peaceful march under the eye of security forces," said a Mulsim Brotherhood member.

3 killed, 30 injured in Egypt on Monday

World Bulletin/News Desk

Three people were killed and 30 others injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Monday.

A 21-year-old man died in the vicinity of the US embassy after Morsi followers and opponents clashed near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

A security source said that the young man died after being shot in the chest.

It is not yet known whether he was a pro-Morsi loyalist or opponent.

While opponents accused pro-Morsi supporters of using live ammunition while trying to storm the Tahrir Square, loyalists said their peaceful rally was attacked by opponents near the US embassy.

Meanwhile, two people were killed in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in Qalyubia, north of Cairo.

A Health Ministry official said Mohamed Yehia, 18, and Sobhi Abdel-Nabi, 18, died after being shot.

There were unconfirmed reports about a third fatality when a man was crushed to death by a train while trying to flee the clashes in the governorate.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

The military also suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, as interim president.

Morsi supporters have since been organizing mass demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of largely Islamist parties and groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, is organizing mass protests on Monday in support of the ousted president.

Morsi supporters, opponents trade blame for Tahrir clashes

Liberal writer Alaa Aswani accused the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of "thuggery".

"Why have you gone to Tahrir to assault the protestors," he asked in a post on his Twitter account.

But Muslim Brotherhood leader Azab Mostafa denied that the pro-Morsi supporters had sought to storm the Tahrir Square.

"This is an unfounded accusation," Mostafa, a member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, told Anadolu Agency, insisting that pro-Morsi supporters had not sought to attack the square.

"What happened was that thugs in the square had got out to attack our peaceful march under the eye of security forces," he said.

He lamented that pro-Morsi protests are being targeted by thugs supported by security forces.

Abdel-Rahman Al-Bar, a member of the MB Guidance office, also denied that Morsi followers had attacked the square.

He, however, insisted that protestors will continue their peaceful protests until legitimacy is restored.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Temmuz 2013, 09:19