WASHINGTON — Violent clashes broke out in northern Egypt in the historic city of Alexandria this past week. Two people were killed.
Reuters reported that the police and pro-Islamist Muslim Brotherhood protesters clashed several times, with the Alexandria clash being the latest.
Violence has rocked the formerly stable nation after the Egyptian army removed the democratically-elected Islamist government led by the Muslim Brotherhood political party. Their president, Mohammed Morsi, oversaw a declining economy and made several significant missteps to isolate him and his party from moderates and secularists.
Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood figures are standing trial on a litany of charges such as inciting violence, murder and treason.
The Egyptian government, installed by the military, recently banned the Muslim Brotherhood and the courts upheld that ban. Dozens of members of the banned organization are in prison, awaiting charges and the ire of the people and the courts.