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3 arrested during Friday protests

Small demonstrations disbursed peacefully, says interior ministry

Three protesters were arrested after small pro-Morsi demonstrations assembled in Giza and Fayoum on Friday

Fifty protesters assembled on Giza’s Haram Street and another 50 in Fayoum, according to Ayman Helmy, spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior.

The protests were dispersed peacefully, said Helmy, despite reports by state-run Al-Ahram that security forces used tear gas on the demonstrators.

The three demonstrators arrested were in possession of fireworks, said Helmy.

According to the Anti-Coup Alliance, supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the protests were against the Israeli operations against the Gaza Strip which have left more than 900 people dead.

“Demonstrators chanted slogans against the Zionist entity, and burned the Zionist flag, denouncing the treasonous coup government in Egypt for its support of the Zionists and for tightening the siege on the Palestinian people which included closing the Rafah crossing and refusing to let through even the sick and injured seeking urgent treatment,” read an Anti-Coup Alliance statement.

“Protesters raised banners saluting the Palestinian resistance, demanding the release of detainees in coup jails, and condemning exorbitant price hikes and worsening living conditions across Egypt.”

The Anti-Coup Alliance, which has been staging protests since the Morsi’s July 2013 ouster, has seen its turnouts dwindle in the last several months.

The coalition announced it would hold massive peaceful protests on 14 August. Dubbed “Retribution Revolt,” it will coincide with the violent clearing of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Addeweya Mosque in Nasr City and Nahda Square near Cairo University.

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