CAIRO — Heavy gunfire rang out in the heart of Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency after the country's bloodshed earlier this week. At least 17 people were killed in the fighting, including police officers.
Military helicopters circled overhead as armed residents set up checkpoints throughout the capital. Police fired tear gas as clashes broke out between Brotherhood supporters and locals opposed to their protest before some reached a key square the group had urged its supporters to converge on.
Protesters and residents of the neighborhoods they marched by exchanged gunfire and birdshot as tanks blocked key roads and key junctures. The Brotherhood urged its supporters in Cairo to head to Ramses Square, near the capital's train station in the heart of the capital.
A Health Ministry official speaking on state television said eight people were killed in the city of Dumyat north of Cairo. Security officials said all the protesters there were killed by live ammunition when they tried to storm police stations.