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Clashes erupt as Morsi supporters march

Clashes erupt as Morsi supporters march

Cairo: Clashes have broken out in central Cairo when supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi came under attack as they marched to the interior ministry, Al-Jazeera reported.

Supporters of the new military-installed government hurled stones at the marchers and threw bottles at them from balconies on Tuesday, witnesses said. Police then fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

"There were scuffles at least at three different points between protester groups after Morsi supporters surrounded some of the government buildings. They have been throwing bottles and rocks to each other," Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reported.

A few thousand pro-Morsi protesters were taking part in the march when the scuffles began.

Local residents taunted them, calling them terrorists and saying they were not welcome before throwing stones at them, the Reuters news agency reported. Morsi's supporters also responded by hurling rocks.

Women and children fled the scene in panic, and two men wielding machetes were seen chasing marchers, Reuters said.

Ten people were injured in fighting in front of the ministry of endowment between local residents and pro-Morsi Muslim scholars working in the ministry, according to the field hospital at Rabaa al-Adaweya, where Morsi supporters are camped out.

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