2 killed in pro-Morsi protests in Egypt

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At least two Egyptians were killed on Friday during clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's Fayoum province, state-run Ahram news website reported.

One of the victims, 38, was hit by cartouche shots while the other, a 62-year-old teacher, died of tear gas suffocation, the report said, noting some residents sided with the police in confronting the pro-Morsi march, Xinhua reported.

The anti-government protest in Fayoum was part of pro-Morsi marches staged simultaneously across the country, such as the capital Cairo, nearby Giza, the seaside city of Alexandria and some other provinces including Qena, Minya and Beheira.

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

The interim authorities launched a massive security crackdown on Morsi's loyalists, particularly those of the recently blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group.

Last August, the security forces used excessive force to disband two major pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza, leaving about 1,000 dead and thousands arrested.

On the other hand, suspected extremist supporters of the removed president launched several terrorist attacks against security staff and facilities over the past few months, which left dozens killed and hundreds injured.

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