Fighting, shooting in central Cairo ends

July 6, 2013 00:21

CAIRO - Three hours of street fighting in central Cairo on Friday evening between hundreds of supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi eased after the army deployed units in armoured vehicles.

In early evening, a group of Islamist supporters of Morsi gathered near the national broadcasting headquarters on the banks of the Nile, about a kilometer (half a mile) from Tahrir Square, where Morsi's liberal opponents have set up camp.The army deployed some troops and vehicles to keep rival sides apart but intermittently running battles took place around and across the Sixth October Bridge across the Nile.

Reuters journalists heard gunfire on several occasions. State television pictures showed people throwing or shooting fireworks at rival protesters. They also threw rocks.

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