More anti-government protesters are killed in Egypt as Cairo faces criticism by the international community over its heavy-handed crackdown on public dissent.
On Friday, nationwide demonstrations turned violent when anti-government protesters clashed with the security forces. At least seven people have been killed in Cairo alone. Another demonstrator lost his life in the Nile delta province of Sharqiya. Casualties were also reported in the cities of Alexandria and Suez. The protesters say Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and his government are puppets of the army and are trying to legalize corrupt policies. Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Council has voiced concern about the disproportionate use of lethal force by the security forces. Anti-government demonstrations have been held on an almost daily basis since the army toppled Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July.