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Bloody Friday Kills 11 Across Egypt

At least 11 protesters killed as Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces clash in Egypt.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 1/3/2014, 9:21 PM

Morsi supporters clash with riot police in Cairo
Morsi supporters clash with riot police in Cairo
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A bloody Friday in Egypt has claimed the lives of at least 11 protesters in Cairo and several other cities, Al Arabiya reported.

Clashes broke out between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Egyptian security forces throughout Egypt, said the report.

One demonstrator was shot dead by police in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia after a march set off from a mosque after midday prayers.

In the rural province of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, a protester died from a bullet wound to the head.

Fighting spread through heavily populated residential areas in several cities and provinces including Cairo, Giza, Ismailia, and Alexandria, as dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members and their supporters threw rocks at security forces who responded with water cannons and tear gas.

Brotherhood supporters have been holding daily protests since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, was ousted by the military in July.

More than 1,000 people, mainly Morsi supporters, have been killed since July 3 when he was ousted and authorities have rounded up some 2,000 Islamists, including most of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The tensions deepened last week when the interim Egyptian government blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization".

The terror designation came a day after a massive suicide car bombing in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura killed 16 people and wounded more than 100.

The government has been engaging in a wide-ranging crackdown on Brotherhood members and supporters, which began even before the terror group designation.

On Tuesday, Egyptian officials seized the assets of at least 500 Brotherhood leaders. On Monday, three Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested on charges of meeting with Brotherhood officials. 

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)