The figure, from a health ministry official, comes as Morsi supporters protested in several cities during army celebrations to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Eighty people are also reported to have been wounded.
SKY News (h/t Martin) Journalist Bel Trew, in Cairo, told Sky News the military had been expecting the unrest and described seeing “chaotic side street clashes with lots of gunfire and tear gas”.
She added: “There’s quite a lot of anger here toward the Morsi supporters by local residents and those who wanted to go to the streets to celebrate their military on this day that Egyptians regard as one of the most proud moments of their history.
“What we’re looking at is rival protests on the streets together.” A heavy security presence with tanks and armoured vehicles gathered in Cairo to try to deter the protesters, said Trew.
Supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement had tried to get close to Tahrir Square, where in the past thousands have set up camp in protest against the army’s coup.
But security forces guarded entrances to the square, frisking people arriving for the celebrations. Mr Morsi, who became Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed from office in July. Since then, the military-backed government of General Abdel Fatah al Sisi has cracked down on members of the Brotherhood.
Hundreds of Mr Morsi’s supporters were allegedly killed in August as protest camps were cleared, while the government said around 100 members of the security forces also died. Away from the main squares, Cairo’s streets were largely deserted on Sunday, a public holiday to commemorate the October War, known as the Yom Kippur War in Israel.
The conflict is remembered proudly by the Egyptian army because it caught Israel by surprise and led to the recovery of the Sinai Peninsula in a 1979 peace treaty. Supporters of the Army regime waved flags as warplanes flew over Cairo in a show of force and patriotic songs boomed out from loudspeakers.
Don’t let Western media tell you these were ‘peaceful’ protesters. They were well-armed:
UPDATE! Death toll rises as Army and Security Forces continue to take out the Muslim Brotherhood trash: