Muslim Brotherhood protesters (archive)
Muslim Brotherhood protesters (archive)Reuters

A civilian was killed on Friday during the clearing of a demonstration in Cairo, the Egyptian health ministry spokesman told Reuters.

The demonstration marked the second anniversary of the army's overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi following mass protests in 2013.

According to Reuters, the protest took place in the southern Cairo district of Dar al-Salaam but the circumstances of the person's death were not immediately clear.

Since Morsi’s ouster, there has been a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the country, and the group was blacklisted as a terrorist organization. Supporters of the ousted leader continue to hold protests on a regular basis

Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of alleged Brotherhood supporters to death in recent months, many in mass trials condemned by foreign governments and rights groups as violating international law.

Several weeks ago, an Egyptian court upheld the death sentence handed down to Morsi in one of many trials he is facing following his ouster.

Five other leading Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood - including Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie - also had their death sentences upheld by the court.

In addition to the death sentence ruling, the court also confirmed a lifetime prison sentence for Morsi over charges of espionage on behalf of Hamas and other foreign terrorist groups.

Morsi's was sentenced to death along with dozens of others over a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising against the rule of his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak. 

The former President is also accused in a separate trial of inciting the killings of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

In another trial he is accused, along with 35 others, of working with Lebanese and Palestinian Arab groups to carry out terror attacks in Egypt.

In yet another case, Morsi is facing trial on charges of endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.

(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.)