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Deadly Violence Breaks out in Egypt Ahead of June 30 Protests

Violence erupts in Alexandria, Cairo and Port Said ahead of Egypt's June 30 protests against President Mohammed Morsi; nine legislators resign.
A scene of the aftermath of a fire that was set in the headquarters of the Freedom and Justice Party by anti-Mursi protesters during clashes between them and supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi in Sedy Gaber in Alexandria, June 28, 2013. Egypt's leading religious authority warned of "civil war" on Friday and called for calm after a member of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood was killed ahead of mass rallies aimed at forcing the president to quit. Picture taken June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT -

CAIRO — Deadly clashes broke out across Egypt a day before the massive protests scheduled for June 30, while both supporters of President Mohammed Morsi and others demanding his ouster announced open-ended sit-ins and erected tents and stages in different neighborhoods around the capital, Cairo.

In Alexandria, armed confrontations erupted between members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and opposition protesters. Both sides of daylong, late-into-the-night battle were said to have used various kinds of firearms, mostly guns that use birdshot; dozens of protesters were injured.

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