Sarah Lynch and Doug Stanglin
July 5, 2013

Egyptian troops opened fire Friday on mainly Islamist demonstrators outside the Republican Guard military barracks where ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held, killing as many as three people.

The BBC, quoting the head of Cairo’s emergency services, reported that three people were killed and 69 injured in the shooting, while the Associated Press said one person was killed.

There was also some confusion regarding the source of the gunfire. Reporters for various news organizations reported seeing Egyptian troops open fire on the crowd. Reuters quoted a military spokesman as saying the army fired only blank rounds and tear gas at the protesters, not live ammunition.

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