One person killed in Islamist protests in Egypt

One person was killed in clashes during protests in Egypt on Friday, state news agency MENA reported, as Islamists pressed on with demonstrations against the army-backed government.
MENA quoted an ambulance service as saying the death occurred in the Nile Delta province of Sharqia.
Earlier, police fired teargas in the coastal city of Alexandria to break up clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsy, security sources said.
Egypt has been thrown into turmoil by the military's ouster of Morsy on 3 July after mass protests against his rule, a move that prompted his Muslim Brotherhood movement to organize daily demonstrations in cities across the country.
Thousands of Morsy's supporters protested on Friday in the capital Cairo, the second biggest city Alexandria and other coastal and Nile Delta towns, the security sources said.
Smaller clashes also broke out in the coastal city of Damietta, where one Morsy supporter was injured.
On 14 August, Egyptian security forces broke up the two main pro-Morsy sit-ins in Cairo and killed hundreds of civilians.
The government then declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew. Thousands of Brotherhood members, including Morsy himself, have been arrested.
Around 57 people were killed in clashes between Morsy's supporters and opponents last Sunday, one of the bloodiest days since the army seized power.
While the military intervention has the support of most Egyptians, the international community, and many Islamists in Egypt, have looked on with alarm as the army and police crack down hard on Morsy and his backers.
The United States, an ally of Egypt that has long supported its military with cash and equipment, said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles to Cairo, as well as $260 million in aid.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had said Washington would consider resuming some of the aid “on a basis of performance” as the interim government seeks to implement a plan to lead the country to fresh elections next year.
Egypt criticized the decision, saying it found it strange at a time when the country was “facing a war against terrorism.”
However, the US State Department said it would continue military support for counter terrorism and security in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders US ally Israel.
Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the largely lawless region, which is also near the Palestinian Gaza strip. Sinai-based militants have intensified their attacks on military and police units since Morsy's ouster.
Six soldiers were wounded on Friday when a bomb exploded near army vehicles in Rafah city, northern Sinai, according to state media. Around 150 security personnel have died in Sinai's insurgency since Morsy was toppled, according to an army source.

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