Egyptian riot police have fired tear gas to disperse supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi protesting as the country marks the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising.
According to AP, sounds of gunfire were heard in Cairo's central districts Saturday as Islamist protesters rallied to mark the event and denounce the July 3 military coup against Morsi. Protesters hurled stones and firebombs at security forces in several districts.
One protest group, Students Against the Coup, led by supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, called for unity with other youth groups to "struggle against a fascist and oppressive military dictatorship."
Death toll in clashes between protesters and police rose to nine, Egypt's health ministry said, according to Ahramonline.
Two have been reported killed in Upper Egypt's Minya during clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police.
One was killed in Giza's Mohandeseen clashes that erupted when security sources dispersed two separate demonstrations, one by the Way of the Revolution Front and one by Morsi supporters.
Another was killed in Giza and four others were confirmed dead in Cairo.
One woman has been confirmed killed in Alexandria during clashes.
Supporters of the military gathered in rival rallies in other parts of the capital, many of them urging military chief Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, the man who removed Morsi, to run for president.
Early on Saturday a bomb exploded near a Cairo police academy. No one was hurt, said the Interior Ministry, Reuters reported.
In the southern town of Minya, two people were killed in clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces, said Brigadier General Hisham Nasr, director of criminal investigations in the regional police department.
Police fired live rounds in the air to disperse about 1,000 anti-government protesters in Cairo's Mohandiseen district and at two other marches in downtown.
Most of the demonstrators were supporters of the Brotherhood, while others were liberal activists. Witnesses said police also fired tear gas and birdshot at a crowds of activists moving toward Tahrir for an anti-government rally.
Army helicopter crashes in Sinai
Meanwhile, spokesman of Egypt's military said Saturday an army helicopter crashed and its crew were missing in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where troops continue to battle Islamic militants.
According to AP, Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement that the accident took place early Saturday near the village of el-Kharouba village. He provided no further details on the cause of the crash.
Sinai-based groups intensified their militancy after the ouster of Morsi on July 3 military coup. One group, Ansar Beit al-Muqdis claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Cairo Friday that killed six.
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