The Egyptian Army said it did not open fire on protesters rallying in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi Friday, contrary to earlier reports citing eyewitnesses and first-hand accounts from Western news outlets that protesters had been fatally shot by troops, according to Reuters.
An army spokesman told Reuters that soldiers had only used blank rounds and teargas. It was not clear whether other, non-army security forces were present at the scene.
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