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Egypt: Police clash with pro-Morsi protesters

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 27, 2013 at 7:21 a.m.


Masked Egyptian police move into position during clashes with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the Islamic Al-Azhar University on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces fired tear gas and clashed with hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi around the country Friday as authorities tightened security measures in the capital after Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies renewed calls for mass rallies.

Anti-riot police chased student protesters chanting against the military and the police at the Islamic Al-Azhar University. Footage on private TV networks showed students hurling stones and setting fire on tree branches to defuse tear gas smoke.

The night before, one person was killed similar clashes broke out at the university in an eastern district of Cairo, with anti-Morsi civilians also joining the fray against the protesters, according to Egypt's official news agency.

Clashes also broke out Friday in several other districts of the capital. Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr TV showed footage of police vehicle on fire in a highway linking Cairo with Giza.

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