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Morsi Backers, Opponents Clash in Egypt

July 28, 2013

At least one person was killed and at least 40 injured Sunday in the ongoing clashes in Egypt between backers and opponents of toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, authorities said.

The man was killed in Port Said on the Suez Canal and 28 were injured in fighting involving fire and petrol bombs, the Health Ministry said.

The clashes erupted after the funeral of a Brotherhood supporter, one of dozens killed in clashes with security forces in Cairo on Saturday.

Witnesses said at least 20 people were injured in street battles in Helwan in southern Cairo, where scores of shops and cars were damaged.

Morsi was ousted by the army on July 3, in what his Muslim Brotherhood group and allied Islamists say was a coup, after millions called for his resignation and early presidential elections.

The army and its supporters accuse the Brotherhood and Morsi of inciting violence in Egypt. The Brotherhood has vowed to continue protesting until Morsi is restored to power.

The deposed leader is facing charges of conspiring with Hamas to perpetrate "hostile acts" during the uprising against his predecessor Hosny Mubarak in 2011. He is being held at an undisclosed location.

Authorities have put the death toll in the latest round of clashes at 73, with nearly 200 since Morsi was ousted.

However the Brotherhood said that least 200 people have been killed in Cairo since Friday alone, in what it called a "massacre" by the army and police against its followers.

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has condemned the violence.

"Despite all the warnings, all the calls for restraint, more than 150 Egyptians have died during protests over the past month, not just in Cairo but in other cities as well," Pillay said.

"I fear for the future of Egypt if the military and other security forces, as well as some demonstrators, continue to take such a confrontational and aggressive approach."

On July 8, at least 51 people, mainly Brotherhood supporters, were killed in clashes with army forces troops in Cairo. The army said its troops had acted in self-defense.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH