Egypt Islamists rally, but numbers less than hoped for
CAIRO (AFP) - Several thousand Egyptians protested in Cairo on Friday in support of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, far fewer than had been hoped for by harried Islamists, who had called for mass rallies.
In the capital's Nasr City district, thousands marched holding pictures of those killed in days of violent clashes with police this month during a security crackdown on the Islamists.
The Islamists held smaller rallies elsewhere, some descending into clashes with anti-Mursi protesters that left one person dead in the canal city of Port Said, medics said.
Mr Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, the main group organising protests, has lost its ability to bring people out in large numbers because of sweeping arrests that have netted its top leaders among at least 2,000 Islamists since August 14.