At least 15 people have been killed and many others injured during rival rallies held in several Egyptian cities to mark the anniversary of the revolution that overthrew former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
Violence erupted in several Egyptian cities including the capital, Cairo, Giza, Minya and Alexandria on Saturday after supporters and opponents of former president, Mohamed Morsi, staged rival rallies on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution.
Most of the fatalities are believed to have taken place in Cairo, while the death toll is feared to rise even higher. Unofficial counts put the number of those killed as high as 40.
Meanwhile, reports say at least 300 pro-Morsi activists have been arrested across the nation. Security forces also fired tear gas to break up the gatherings staged by the former president’s supporters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities.
On January 25, 2011, Egypt became the second Arab country after Tunisia to rise against its government in a wave of uprisings known as the Islamic Awakening. On February 11 of the same year, Mubarak was deposed.
More than a year later on June 30, 2012, Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s president.
The country’s first democratically-elected president, however, was ousted on July 3, 2013, after anti-government protests were once again held and the country’s military took control of the country.
Since then, Adly Mansour is the interim president of Egypt.
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