Seven killed in clashes between Egyptian police, Morsi supporters

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Cairo: Seven people have been killed in clashes between supporters of toppled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday.

Police had fired teargas at pro-Morsi protesters who had blocked a bridge in the capital late on Monday, sparking the violence.

Clashes also erupted in two other areas of the capital.

The official said that 260 people were injured in clashes that coincided with talks between visiting US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Egypt’s interim leader. It was the first visit by a US official since the army overthrew Mr. Morsi on July 3.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood group have vowed to continue protesting until Mr. Morsy’s re-instatement.

The army removed Mr. Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected President, after millions rallied nation-wide demanding his removal.

The army chief has defended his decision by saying the military heeded the will of the people.

There are mounting concerns that Egypt could slide into a civil war.

DPA