Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi rallied yesterday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed—including an American. The State Department identified him as Andrew Pochter, and Kenyon College in Ohio says he was a 21-year-old student from Chevy Chase, Md., working in Egypt as an intern for a non-profit education organization. In yesterday's violence, the competing camps were trying to show their strength before even bigger nationwide protests planned by the opposition tomorrow—the first anniversary of Morsi's inauguration—aimed at forcing his removal.
The opposition says it will bring millions into the streets across Egypt, and more violence is feared. In Alexandria, at least five offices of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood were torched, and six people have been killed this week in all. Meanwhile, the Cairo International Airport was flooded with departing passengers, an exodus that officials said was unprecedented. All flights departing yesterday to Europe, the US, and the Gulf were fully booked, they said.