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Teen killed in protest marking anniversary of Morsy ouster

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By The Associated Press
Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:24 p.m.
 

CAIRO — An Egyptian teenager was killed in clashes between supporters of the ousted Islamist president and security forces on Friday, a security official said, the second death during two days of violent protests on the anniversary of Mohamad Morsy's ouster.

The street clashes culminated a week of violence, including several small bombings in the capital of Cairo and other cities. Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood and its loyalists failed to draw huge crowds onto the streets in the wake of a crackdown against Islamists that has left hundreds dead and at least 22,000 jailed, including most of the group's senior leaders.

Police closed off Tahrir Square, which has served as the epicenter of protests since the uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and other plazas for several hours on Friday to prevent large gatherings. Dozens of pro-Morsy demonstrators gathered in Cairo and other cities.

The 15-year-old boy was killed by birdshot pellets during a demonstration in Cairo's Zeitoun district, the security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information.

It was not clear whether the boy was a protester or a passer-by.

A protester was seriously wounded by live ammunition during a march elsewhere in the capital, the official said.

A health ministry official, Mohammed Sultan, said 12 other people were injured.

In one demonstration in Cairo's twin city of Giza, unrest followed a funeral service held in a mosque for a demonstrator who was killed in clashes on Thursday, witnesses said.

Mourners began chanting as they filed out of the mosque to march in protest in the Haram district, but they were dispersed by police firing tear gas.

The protesters tried to regroup elsewhere and blocked a road until security forces again moved against them.

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