Sporadic clashes hit Egypt


Cairo ? Sporadic clashes erupted Friday between supporters and opponents of Egypt?s ousted president during nationwide protests as the military battled al-Qaeda-inspired groups in northern Sinai.

The street rallies came a day after Egypt?s military-backed interim government extended a nationwide state of emergency order another two months citing ongoing security concerns.

Officials said they feared other potential terrorist attacks after a failed assassination attempt targeting Egypt?s interior minister and suicide attacks at military building and checkpoint in Sinai that killed six.

Unrest in Egypt spiked after the popularly backed 3 July military coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi. The military-backed government responded by targeting the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group Morsi hails from, for arrest and detention.

Other Brotherhood members, like Essam el-Erian, remain on the run.

?We will not give up our rights,? el-Erian said while urging more protests in a video aired on Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr, one of the Qatari-based network?s affiliates. ?We will not surrender to an oppressive power that only speaks the language of the bullets.?

El-Erian is wanted on charges of inciting violence and murder.

The security crackdown has impacted the group?s ability to mobilize in the streets to protest Morsi?s ouster and the military. But on Friday, demonstrations appeared to be larger than usual. Several descended into violence.

In the coastal city of Alexandria, hundreds of Brotherhood protesters and others marched after Friday prayers from a main mosque to a major thoroughfare where they confronted a protest by pro-military protesters.

State television showed footage of anti-Morsi protesters tearing down Morsi posters and chasing Brotherhood supporters through the streets. (AFP)

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