Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Morsy protest in streets
CAIRO — Hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy took to the streets on Friday to protest the decision by the country's former military chief to run in the presidential election, sparking scattered clashes that claimed four lives.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, the former military chief, led the ouster of Morsy in July and is widely expected to win the presidency.
The rallies took place in several cities. Demonstrators attempted to block with burning tires a main road in Cairo that leads to the famed Giza pyramids, and students from the Islamic university of Al-Azhar threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces.
Among those killed was a female journalist, Mayada Ashraf, who died while covering clashes in the eastern Cairo district of Ain Shams.
A 39-year-old protester named Mohammed said Ashraf was steps away from him when she was shot in the head by security forces using live ammunition. He gave only his first name out of fear of retribution.
Ashraf worked for the privately owned El-Dustor newspaper. It reported online that it had urged authorities to halt gunfire in the area to give ambulances a chance to retrieve the body of the slain journalist.
A second news site that Ashraf contributed to, Masr al-Arabiya, posted a video purportedly showing the reporter with her headscarf soaked in blood as she was being carried over a protester's shoulder.
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