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Egypt protester shot dead, remembered at site of violence in Cairo

Virginie Nguyen Hoang / AP

Demonstrators hold candles in memory of protester Mohammed Qorany, on Feb. 2, at the spot where he died in clashes, near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Protesters and rights groups have accused police of using excessive force this past week during a wave of mass demonstrations in cities around the country called by opposition politicians, trying to wrest concessions from Morsi.

By Yasmine Saleh and Seham Eloraby, Reuters --

At least one protester was shot dead and dozens wounded on Friday when riot police clashed with demonstrators demanding the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.

Youths threw petrol bombs and shot fireworks at the outer wall of Mursi's Cairo presidential compound as night fell. Police responded by firing water cannon and teargas leading to skirmishes in the surrounding streets.

Two witnesses said they had seen a protester shot dead in Cairo with live ammunition in front of them.

"It's verified. I am at the morgue. He was shot with two bullets, and that's the report of the hospital. The shots were in the neck and the right side of the chest," said one of the witnesses, lawyer Ragia Omran. Medical and security sources confirmed Mohamed Hussein Qurany, 23, was killed with live bullets.

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Virginie Nguyen Hoang / AP

A demonstrator lights candles in memory of protester Mohammed Qorany at the spot where he died in clashes, on Feb. 2, near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.