Security forces opened fire and launched tear gas at supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo today (July 5, 2013), killing at least one person at a demonstration outside the building where Morsi is being held, the Washington Post website reports.
In the chaos, the precise number of casualties was not clear. Witnesses said several persons were injured, and some news outlets reported that multiple people were killed. The Muslim Brotherhood -- which was among the organizers of the pro-Morsi rallies -- said in a statement that five protesters were killed in Egypt today.
The violence added to concerns of an escalation between Morsi's mostly Islamist supporters and their decades-old nemesis, Egypt's powerful security forces, two days after the military forced Morsi from office.
As helicopters circled over the Republican Guard headquarters, one witness said that a man was fatally shot in the head and was carried away in a shroud by protesters.