One killed in clashes amid pro-Morsi marches in Egypt

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At least one person was killed on Friday during clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and anti-Islamist residents in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, Xinhua reported.

"One was killed and a child was injured during the clashes," Ahram quoted a security official as saying, noting the police arrested ten Islamist protesters.

The clashes erupted as residents zealously rejected the anti- military statements chanted by the anti-government protesters, which are mostly supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood group.

In the capital Cairo, at least 4,000 pro-Morsi protesters staged a march at Ain Shams neighborhood, blocking the main street and paralyzing traffic. And violent clashes erupted between the protesters and the riot police who dispersed Morsi's loyalists by tear gas bombs.

Since Morsi's removal by the military last July, his supporters have been holding constant anti-government protests, condemning his ouster as "a military coup" and demanding his reinstatement.

In mid-August, the security forces disbanded two major pro- Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, leaving about 1,000 killed and thousands arrested.

Friday's marches are staged while the turmoil-stricken country is forming a new interim government ahead of the presidential polls slated for mid-April.

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