Egypt: Morsi supporters storm Sinai governor HQ
He said the armed protesters entered the building after it was finally abandoned by security forces, as supporters of the president overthrown Wednesday in a military coup also clashed with opponents elsewhere in the country.
Egypt's health ministry has said that 17 people were killed and over 200 in clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters on Friday. The most violent are at the 6th October bridge near Tahrir Square, amid reports of gunfire and Molotov cocktails.
At least three deaths as a result of the most recent clashes near Tahrir Square has been reported.
The sound of gunfire could be heard as the two sides hurled rocks at each other on the October 6 bridge leading into Tahrir. Below the bridge, ambulances were ferrying the injured out of the area.
The unrest has rocked some eight areas of Cairo, with Alexandria and approximately six other provinces as street battles have erupted between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters. The Sidi Jaber district of Alexandria was badly hit on Friday, as pro-Morsi protesters lobbed stones and Molotov cocktails at police cars blocking the streets. A petrol bomb hit a car, leading several people to attempt to quell the flames with water from bottles.
Unidentified gunmen killed two Egyptian policemen guarding a government building in the northern Sinai town of Al-Arish on Friday, a security official told AFP.
The gunmen, who were on a motorbike, shot the policemen dead before fleeing the scene, the official said.
In an official statement the Egyptian military asserted that Sissi's army was not firing at Morsi's supporters.
Egyptian troops did not open fire on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi on Friday, an army spokesman said, after security sources said three demonstrators were shot dead by security forces in a protest near where Mursi is being held.
The spokesman said soldiers were using only blank rounds and teargas.
It was unclear whether security forces other than the army were present.
At least three people were killed when soldiers and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi exchanged gunfire near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on Friday, an AFP correspondent reported.
The bodies of two people were covered in sheets when confirmed dead, the correspondent said, adding another protester had been shot in the head and fell to the ground. Parts of his brain spilled out of his skull.
Shooting could be heard coming from both the Republican Guard and the ranks of the protesters.
Thousands of demonstrators had marched from the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the nearby neighbourhood of Nasr City, where they had been camping out for days vowing to defend Morsi's legitimacy.
"The Republican Guard are traitors!" they chanted, and "Morsi is our president!"
The shooting broke out when one Morsi supporter tried to hang a picture of the ousted leader on barbed wire attached to the front of the headquarters, said the AFP correspondent.
He was warned twice by members of the Republican Guard not to approach the building before they started shooting.Gunfire could then be heard coming from the protesters' side.
Morsi, who has not been seen since the military deposed him on Wednesday, had issued a defiant call for supporters to protect his elected "legitimacy", in a recorded speech aired hours after he was toppled.
The military had said it supports the right to peaceful protest, but warned against violence and acts of civil disobedience such as blocking roads.
Gunfire erupted outside the Cairo headquarters of the Republican Guard on Friday where supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi had massed vowing to defend him.
Shooting could be heard coming from both the Republican Guard and the protesters, an AFP correspondent said. Several wounded protesters fell to the ground.
Egypt's army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported.
The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying that the "state of readiness" had been raised to its highest level in the two provinces due to the attack.
The attack, the latest of a string of security incidents in the lawless region, came two days after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. It was not clear if the attacks were coordinated and in reaction to his removal.
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