Six Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Killed in Clashes in Egypt

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Muslim brotherhood supporters riot in Cairo. July 3, 2015.Credit: AP
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REUTERS - Six supporters of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood were killed in clashes with police in Cairo on Friday, security sources said. 

The violence in different locations took place as Egyptians marked the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. 

State news agency MENA quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying security forces intervened and arrested 15 armed Brotherhood members. Twenty Brotherhood members were arrested in Egypt's second city Alexandria, said MENA. 

A Health ministry official confirmed the deaths. 

The Egyptian army toppled President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. 

Security forces then launched a tough crackdown on Brotherhood supporters, killing hundreds in street protests and arresting thousands of others. Top Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death in mass trials. 

The measures, widely criticized by human rights groups, weakened Egypt's oldest Islamist movement, which had said it would return to power through street protests. Instead, demonstrations have largely faded. 

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