Clashes have erupted between pro-democracy protesters and supporters of President Mohammad Morsi in three Egyptian cities after the Islamist leader assumed sweeping new powers.
Thousands from the two camps threw stones and chunks of marble at each other outside a mosque in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria after Friday Muslim prayers. Anti-Morsi protesters threw stones and firecrackers at supporters of Morsi’s Brotherhood, who used prayer rugs to shield themselves.
The anti-Morsi protesters stormed a Brotherhood office in front of the mosque. At least 15 people were hurt in the clash, medical officials said.
Similar clashes erupted in the southern city of Assiut and in Giza, the sister city of the capital, Cairo.