5 killed in clash outside Egyptian presidential palace

2012-12-06 08:07:00 GMT2012-12-06 16:07:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Five people have been killed in the overnight clash between opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the presidential palace, official news agency MENA reported Thursday.

Tanks have been deployed outside the palace by the Egyptian military forces, as Morsi's supporters formed their so-called " committees" to bar opponents from nearing the vicinity of the presidential palace.

The two sides threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at each other, while hundreds of security troops were deployed to separate between them, MENA said.

The latest victim, 22-year-old Mohamed Mohamed al-Sanousi, died of a bullet in the chest, MENA added.

According to the Health Ministry, as of Thursday morning, as many as 446 people were injured during the clash.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians on Tuesday marched to the al- Ethadeys presidential palace in Cairo's Abbasseya district, to protest against the constitutional declaration issued by Morsi and the draft constitution mainly written by Islamists.

On Nov. 22, Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration which rules that all laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by the president since he came into office on June 30 are final and unchallengeable by anybody, which triggered a nationwide wave of protests and demonstrations.

Protesters did not calm down even though Morsi later promised that the declaration was only temporary and would be withdrawn as soon as the draft constitution was approved by Egyptians in the upcoming referendum, which was later slated for Dec. 15.

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