Protests continued for a third day since the fourth anniversary of 25 January Revolution in Daqahleya and Fayoum, with violence and unconfirmed reports of deaths in Cairo.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said that protesters marched in Fayoum Tuesday morning, while the pro-Morsi group Students Against the Coup (SAC) reported protests in Daqahleya governorate.
Two persons were allegedly killed in the Matariya and Helwan neighbourhoods during Monday protests; a student and an old woman, according to activists and media reports.
Qatari-based news channel Al Jazeera reported that security forces fired live ammunition at the protesters.
The Ministry of Interior said Monday that a number of “elements who belong to the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organisation” fired live ammunition and threw Molotov cocktails against security forces in Matariya, according to state news agency MENA.
At least 12 protesters were killed in Matariya on Sunday during protests that commemorated the fourth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution. The neighbourhood has become a flashpoint of anti-government protests since the beginning of the revolution in 2011.
Spokesman of the Health Ministry Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said Tuesday that the ministry did not receive any reports on deaths in Helwan. Further, he did not confirm the reports about a killed protester in Matariya.
Also one detained protester was claimed to have died while in custody in Hadayek Al-Qubba police station on Monday from a live ammunition injury inflicted during Sunday protests, according to SAC.
Abdel Rahman Hisham, the student claimed to be dead, was allegedly shot in the stomach by security forces Sunday, according to SAC.
Protests also erupted Monday in Giza, Alexandria, Damietta, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Kafr Al-Sheikh and North Sinai according to the FJP’s official Facebook page.
The Ministry of Interior announced Monday that security forces arrested on the anniversary of the revolution 516 persons throughout the country, referred to in the ministry’s statement as “terrorist Brotherhood elements”.
The statement said the arrested were involved in firing live ammunition, planting explosives and assaulting citizens and buildings.