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Festival turns bloody in Egypt

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CAIRO: Six supporters of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes with police near the Giza pyramids in Cairo on Friday, security sources said, as Egyptians marked the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr.

Security forces intervened and arrested 15 armed Brotherhood members, the state news agency MENA quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying. Twenty Brotherhood members were arrested in Egypt’s second city Alexandria, MENA said.

The violence erupted in several different locations in the Giza area, the sources said. A Health Ministry official confirmed the deaths.

The fighting erupted when hundreds of Brotherhood supporters staged a march in the Talibiya neighborhood of Giza, which is part of greater Cairo, after morning.

Skirmishes broke out between marchers on one side and local residents and police on the other. The violence quickly escalated with live ammunition and shotguns.

Brotherhood supporters took to social media to accuse security forces of firing at peaceful protesters, while the Interior Ministry and police officials said in a statement that they were fired upon by armed protesters.

A video circulating on social media showed a crowd of demonstrators in a standoff with police, shooting fireworks in their direction and burning flares before fleeing as explosions are heard.


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