Egyptian security forces have opened
fire on supporters of ousted Egyptian
President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo,
killing three people.
The incident occurred as crowds
gathered outside the officers' club of the
Presidential Guard, where Mr Morsi is
believed to be held.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been
demanding his reinstatement.
The army, which removed Mr Morsi in
response to widespread unrest, had
deployed troops around Cairo.
The BBC's Jeremy Bowen at the scene
says that after passionate Friday Prayers
at the nearby Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque,
about 2,000 Morsi supporters marched
towards the officers' club.
Soldiers there warned people not to
cross the road. But as the crowd grew,
got angrier and pushed forward, the
troops opened fire - first into the air,
then at the protesters.
Our correspondent says he saw one man
fall to the ground with blood on his
Mr Morsi's removal followed days of
mass protests, largely organised by the
Tamarod [Rebel] movement.
The protesters accused Mr Morsi and the
Muslim Brotherhood - to which he
belongs - of pursuing an Islamist agenda
against the wishes of the majority, and of
failing to tackle economic problems.
Mr Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected
leader, is in detention, as are senior
figures in the Brotherhood. Arrests
warrants have been issued for some 300
Ahead of Friday's rallies by Morsi
supporters, the army command said it
would not take "arbitrary measures
against any faction or political current"
and would guarantee the right to protest,
as long as demonstrations did not
threaten national security.
"Peaceful protest and freedom of
expression are rights guaranteed to
everyone, which Egyptians have earned
as one of the most important gains of
their glorious revolution," it said.
But Muslim Brotherhood spokesman
Gehad al-Haddad said the movement was
refusing to co-operate with the new
leadership and demanded the immediate
release of those detained.