Egypt's rival groups clash, as cleric warns of 'civil war'
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 01:23
June 28 - Clashes in the Egyptian city of Alexandria between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi left one man dead and 70 others reported injured, as the country's top cleric warns of ‘civil war.’ Mana Rabiee reports.
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Tensions rise in Egypt.
At least one man was shot dead in Alexandria and 70 others reported injured Friday.
It happened during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi, near the offices of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
It's not clear whether the victim was a Morsi supporter or opponent.
The trouble comes two days before a planned opposition rally that marks one year since Morsi was voted into power.
His critics hope millions will spill into the streets, on Sunday, to demand fresh elections.
But in Cairo, thousands of Islamists gathered after Friday prayers to show support for Morsi -- and for the democratic process.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUPPORTER, AMANI ABDEL AZIZ, SAYING:
"In six months time, maybe another president will be elected and they won't approve of him either, we'll oust him, elect a third, and thus we'll go in circles. The issue now isn't just about President Morsi, it's about the democratic foundation which Morsi is trying to cement."
The opposition hopes that large protest rallies can force Morsi to quit.
But on Friday Egypt's leading cleric called for calm between political factions -- and warned the country mustn't "slide into civil war."
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