CAIRO - At least three protesters were shot dead by army forces on Friday, July 5, outside the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo where deposed President Mohamed Morsi is being held as millions of pro-Morsi supporters marched across Egyptian governorates.
"We will die not as a sacrifice for Morsi, but so the Egyptian people recover their freedom," Hoda Ghaneya, a leading female figure in the Brotherhood, told Reuters near the Rabaa Adaweya mosque in a Cairo suburb that has been the centre of Islamist protests in the last few days.
The deaths occurred as crowds gathered outside the officers' club of the Presidential Guard, where Morsi is believed to be held.
As the crowd grew, got angrier and pushed forward, armed forces opened fire first into the air, then at the crowd.
BBC correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, witnessed the death of one of the protesters in a direct gunshot to his head.
Big forces against each other in #egypt. If can't channel this into political action not street conflict it is a recipe for more bloodshed, Bowen tweeted.
He added that he was shot by shotgun pellets too.
I've been hit by a couple of shotgun pellets. Am fine and heading out, he added.
Egypt's first freely elected president was toppled in a military coup last Wednesday.
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