World Bulletin / News Desk
Street battles between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and security forces engulfed several Egyptian cities on Wednesday following the violent dispersal of two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in the capital.
The violence came shortly after security forces cleared two six-week-old pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.
According to medics and eyewitnesses, at least 163 people were killed and thousands injured during the dispersal of two protest sites in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Nahda Square.
The Egyptian Ambulance Organization, however, has put the death toll in the two squares at 23.
Following the dispersal, pro-Morsi demonstrators clashed with security forces in the northern city of Alexandria.
According to eyewitnesses, Morsi supporters used firearms and hurled stones during the clashes, which left scores of people injured.
Medics said 54 police personnel had been injured in the clashes.
One person was killed and 11 injured in a similar melee in the Upper Egyptian city of Assiut.
Scores of people were also wounded in violent confrontations between angry protesters and security forces in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya.
Pro-Morsi demonstrators also engaged in violent battles with security forces in Beni Sueif, where the latter used teargas to disperse protesters.
Morsi supporters also blocked railway lines in Beni Sueif south of Cairo.
At least four people were also killed and 40 injured in clashes between police and Morsi supporters in the canal city of Ismailia.
An army officer and a soldier were killed earlier the same day when unknown assailants attacked an army vehicle in the canal city, a security source told the Anadolu Agency.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ali Abdullah, meanwhile, asserted that seven pro-Morsi demonstrators had been killed in the city.
Another five people were killed in clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces in Cairo's Moustafa Mahmoud Square.
Scores of people were also injured in clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators in the southern city of Luxor.
Further casualties were reported in clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi demonstrators in the Nile Delta Daqahliya province.
In Suez, one person was killed and 30 injured in violent confrontations between Morsi supporters and security forces.