Cairo, July 20 (): Thousands rallied in Egyptian cities demanding the recall of the ousted Islamist leader president Mohammed Morsi. Three Egyptians have been killed and some were injured in the clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed.
The first freely elected president of Egypt was ousted on 3 July, but his supporters, many of them members of his Muslim Brotherhood movement had said it was a military coup. He is being held by the army at an undisclosed location.
The protesters are calling for the return of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president to power, but the military warned it will crack down on any violence, highlighting the point with a show of force by fighter jets flying over the capital. Eight fighter jets flew over the city in the morning and afternoon.
In the clashes that broke out in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura last night, two women and a 13-year-old boy were killed and eight others were injured, including one in critical condition, health ministry official Saed Zaghloul said. Seven people died earlier this week in clashes between opposing camps.
Youth activists have launched the mass protests and also planned a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, raising fears of a fresh round of clashes in the capital.
Early on Saturday, army helicopters were seen dropping Egyptian flags on thousands of Morsi’s opponents gathering in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square.
The Brotherhood has promised to continue protests until Morsi is restored to office. They have refused to work together with the interim government, which is due to guide Egypt to presidential elections early next year.
Moreover, tens of thousands of Morsi’s supporters have been camped out in Cairo’s Nasr City district. Thousands are in Alexandria and several other cities. The government has not said where the ex-president is being held.
In spite of all protests, the Egyptian armed forces looked in no mood to make concessions, instead demonstrating a show of force in the hazy skies above Cairo.