Deadly Violence Hits Egypt In Clashes Over Morsi's Leadership
Two people have died in Alexandria, Egypt, where protests against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been building all week. Egyptian security officials say one of the dead is an American citizen. Dozens of the people were wounded in the violence.
From Cairo, NPR's Merrit Kennedy filed this report for our Newscast desk:
"At this point, the identity of the American killed in Alexandria is unclear, nor what he was doing there, but some local media report he was taking photographs. Egyptian security officials say he was stabbed to death at clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators.
"The U.S. embassy said they have heard the reports and are seeking confirmation.
"More than 400 people were injured and four killed since Wednesday in a separate series of clashes in the Nile Delta region."
Reuters reports that in the Alexandria violence, one person died of a gunshot, and that the American died after being stabbed in the chest.
Unrest has spread around Egypt this week, as Morsi's opponents are preparing for what they promise will be massive protests on Sunday, the anniversary of his presidency. Supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have staged their own rallies this week, further fueling tensions.
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