Children, the innocent victims of conflicts

November 23, 2013 12:23 pm

Children, the innocent victims of conflict

Cairo 23rd November 2013: A 10-year-old boy was shot dead yesterday in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and residents in Egypt’s northern city of Suez, said sources.

The boy, named Samir El-Gamal was hit by a bullet in the back of the head when pro-Morsi marchers clashed with opponents after Friday prayers. He was walking with his mother near the site and his mother was unharmed.

Nearly 500 Morsi supporters gathered in the central Awel-el-soor neighbourhood of Suez yesterday and shouted against the army and police.

Another 21-year-old was also killed in eastern Cairo when he was shot in the chest during clashes. It was not clear whether he was shot from the protesters or local anti-Morsi residents. At least 14 people were injured in clashes across Egypt.

Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi have staged frequent protests across the country, since his July 3 removal by the army. Morsi was the first freely elected president of the country.

Pro-Morsi students set fires and threw stones inside the campus of Al-Azhar University and at police outside, who fired tear gas into university. Egypt’s temporary civilian government gave police the power on Thursday to enter university campuses to put down the protests, without seeking prior permission.

The military removed Mohamed Morsi from power on 3 July 2013, after public protests by millions nationwide who demanded his removal accusing him and his Muslim Brotherhood of trying to monopolize power. Morsi supporters have accused the military of demolishing growing democracy in Egypt with the overthrow of Morsi. Thousands of Brotherhood members have been arrested since the protests started.

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