Middle East

Teenage 'pro-Morsi supporter' killed in Suez clashes

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Media captionPro and anti-Morsi protesters exchanged gunfire and threw petrol bombs at each other

A teenage boy has been killed in clashes in the Egyptian city of Suez between supporters and opponents of the deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

The clashes took place after backers of the Muslim Brotherhood politician chanted anti-army slogans, Egypt's state news agency reported.

It said the school pupil, who was reportedly a pro-Morsi protester, died of a bullet wound.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been killed since he was ousted in July.

Pro and anti-Morsi protesters exchanged gunfire and threw petrol bombs at each other after supporters of the Islamist leader began chanting slogans against the military as they marched through Suez, say medical and security sources.

Diplomatic efforts

The boy, named as 17-year-old Abdullah Mohamed Attia, was hit by gunfire during clashes in Al-Jaysh Street, the official news agency, MENA, reported.

Suez has seen regular protests by Muslim Brotherhood supporters since President Morsi's removal by Egypt's military on 3 July.

Dozens of senior Brotherhood figures have been detained accused of inciting violence and murder.

The clashes in Suez took place during a two-day visit to Egypt by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

She is trying to reconcile the military-backed interim government and the opposition, including the Muslim Brotherhood.