CAIRO - A 10-year-old boy was killed by gunfire on Friday while walking near the site of clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's northern city of Suez, security and medical sources said.
Morsi's supporters have staged frequent protests in towns and cities across Egypt, many of them after Friday prayers, since the army deposed him on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule, and arrested most of the top leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood.
On Friday, around 500 supporters of Morsi gathered in the central Awel-el-soor neighborhood of Suez and chanted slogans against the army and police. Clashes broke out with opponents of Morsi and rocks were thrown and shots exchanged, witnesses said.
The child, named Samir El-Gamal, was hit by a bullet in the back of the head, the sources said, while he was walking with his mother near the site of the clashes. His mother was unharmed, but the boy died on the spot, they said.