At least 30 people have been killed in Egypt as supporters of the country's ousted president Mohammed Morsi demonstrated on the streets of Cairo and other cities on Friday, according to reports. Dozens more are believed injured.

A Health Ministry official told Associated Press that four people were killed near the Republican Guard building in Cairo, another was killed in clashes that began in the evening when Islamists attacked Morsi opponents near Tahrir Square and four more died in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish. A 10th was killed in the southern city of Assiut.

Earlier on Friday, journalists on the ground reported that security forces had opened fire on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood as crowds surrounded the officers' club of the Presidential Guard, where Morsi is believed to be hiding out.

The army has denied causing any deaths, telling Reuters that soldiers were using only blank rounds and teargas and fired after Morsi supporters ignored orders not to approach the compound.

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Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi rush to help a wounded man

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Egypt's army is "preventively" holding ousted president Mohamed Morsi after his deposing by an army decree.

Morsi was the first democratically elected President of Egypt. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of his inauguration but many were disillusioned with his rule, accusing him of failing to tackle security and economic problems.

Previously fragmented liberal and secular groups united under the banner of a grassroots movement called Tamarod (Rebellion) and Morsi was ousted on Wednesday.

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Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout religious and political slogans during a protest near Cairo University

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said the new movement was refusing to co-operate with the new leadership and demanded the immediate release of the leaders who have been detained.

The Islamist party had called a "Friday of rage" against the protesters, accusing the army of a coup.

Later in the day, tens of thousands protesters gathered near a Cairo mosque where they were addressed by Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie in spite of reports on Thursday which said he had been arrested.

Badie, who often referred to Morsi as the president, promised his supporters that they would "complete the revolution" and would stay out on the streets until he was brought back to power.

"To the great Egyptian army, I say 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great) ... I say ... we will sacrifice," he shouted as a military helicopter hovered low overhead, Reuters reported.

There have been reports of clashes in other parts of Egypt as well, inlcuding Qina where troops troops fired on pro-Morsi activists who were trying to enter a security building. There was also trouble reported in Alexandria and Ismailiya.

Meanwhile BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen was hit in the head with birdshot as thousands of protesters surged into the streets after Friday prayers. He tweeted the following picture.

The reporter was shown having his head bandaged in a photograph posted on Twitter but he later reassured followers that he was not seriously injured.

In a message on the site, the veteran reporter said: "Thanks for the messages. I've been hit by a couple of shotgun pellets. Am fine and heading out."

Bowen later admitted: "Could have been a lot worse."

The decision to remove Egypt's first democratically-elected President has alarmed the West.

Foreign Secretary William Hague warned it could become a precedent and called for a swift return to democracy.

Hague said he had spoken to Egypt's foreign minister who had assured him that there would be early elections to choose a new president.

"It is the problem with a military intervention, of course, that it is a precedent for the future. If this can happen to one elected president, it can happen to another," he said.

"That's why it is so important to entrench democratic institutions and for political leaders - for all their sakes and the sake of their country - to work on this together to find the compromises they haven't been able to make in Egypt over the last year."

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  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shouts slogans during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. A Defense Ministry official said army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is meeting with his top commanders, hours before the military's deadline to the president and opposition to resolve the nation's political crisis is set to expire. Arabic read " leave." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi slaughter lambs as symbols of Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold Arabic signs reading "leave," as fire rages at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Alexandria, Friday, June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Heba Khamis)

  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The deadline on the military's ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi has expired, with 48 hours passing since the time it was issued. Giant cheering crowds of Morsi's opponents have been gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The deadline on the military's ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi has expired, with 48 hours passing since the time it was issued. Giant cheering crowds of Morsi's opponents have been gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi react as they watch his speech on a screen in a street leading to presidential palace early in Cairo on July 3, 2013. Morsi told Egyptians that he had been freely elected little more than a year ago and that he intended to continue to carry out his duties despite mass protests demanding his resignation. (MAHMUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hundreds of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The president gave a defiant speech last night and vowed to stay in power despite the military threats. As unrest spreads throughout the country, at least 23 people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday and over 200 others were injured. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Holding a picture of the second President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein, hundreds of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The president gave a defiant speech last night and vowed to stay in power despite the military threats. As unrest spreads throughout the country, at least 23 people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday and over 200 others were injured. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Thousands of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The president gave a defiant speech last night and vowed to stay in power despite the military threats. As unrest spreads throughout the country, at least 23 people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday and over 200 others were injured. It has been reported that the military has taken over state television. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Thousands of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The president gave a defiant speech last night and vowed to stay in power despite the military threats. As unrest spreads throughout the country, at least 23 people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday and over 200 others were injured. It has been reported that the military has taken over state television. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Thousands of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The president gave a defiant speech last night and vowed to stay in power despite the military threats. As unrest spreads throughout the country, at least 23 people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday and over 200 others were injured. It has been reported that the military has taken over state television. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on July 2, 2013 as laser lights (L) directed at the government building spell 'Game Over.' (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Opposition protesters shout slogans as they gather in thousands at qoubba Presidential Palace to protest against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood on July 2, 2013 in Cairo. Egypt's political crisis deepened as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi snubbed an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if he did not meet the demands of the people, and five ministers led a spate of government resignations. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of President Mohamed Morsi gather in Rabaa el-Aadawia district of cairo on July 2, 2013, as opponents of Egypt's president also poured onto the streets of Cairo to press their demand that he step down after the Islamist president snubbed an ultimatum from the army to agree to the 'people's demands' or face an imposed solution. (KHALED KAMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian opposition protester shout slogans as tens of thousands gather outside the Presidential Palace calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 2, 2013 in Cairo. Opponents of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi poured onto the streets of Cairo to press their demand that he step down after the Islamist president snubbed an ultimatum from the army to agree to the 'people's demands' or face an imposed solution. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on July 2, 2013. Opponents of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi poured onto the streets of Cairo to press their demand that he step down after the Islamist president snubbed an ultimatum from the army to agree to the 'people's demands' or face an imposed solution. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian opposition protester holds up the head of a sheep as tens of thousands gather outside the Presidential Palace calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 2, 2013 in Cairo. Opponents of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi poured onto the streets of Cairo to press their demand that he step down after the Islamist president snubbed an ultimatum from the army to agree to the 'people's demands' or face an imposed solution. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian youth with his face painted in the colours of the national flag look over as opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi protest calling for his ouster at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square, on July 2, 2013. Egypt's political crisis deepened as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi snubbed an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if he did not meet the demands of the people, and five ministers led a spate of government resignations. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian opposition demonstrator sits at the top of a column watching a military helicopter fly by, as protesters (unseen) call for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, on July 2, 2013. Egypt's political crisis deepened as Islamist President Morsi snubbed an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if he did not meet the demands of the people, and five ministers led a spate of government resignations. (MAHMUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian boy waves a national flag during a protest against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president sought Tuesday to push the embattled leader further toward the edge with another massive display of people power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a "last-chance" ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a "last-chance" ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • An Egyptian protester waves a national flag on a roof in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Egypt's powerful military warned on Monday it will intervene if the Islamist president doesn't "meet the people's demands," giving him and his opponents two days to reach an agreement in what it called a last chance. Hundreds of thousands of protesters massed for a second day calling on Mohammed Morsi to step down. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • An Egyptian protester waves a national flag in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. Egypt's powerful military warned on Monday it will intervene if the Islamist president doesn't "meet the people's demands," giving him and his opponents two days to reach an agreement in what it called a last chance. Hundreds of thousands of protesters massed for a second day calling on Mohammed Morsi to step down. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • An Egyptian opposition demonstrator, runs down the length of a long national flag being held by protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, outside the presidential palace in Cairo, on July 2, 2013. (MAHMUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian protester shouts slogans during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi waves Egyptian national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013, after Egypt's military issued an ultimatum. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds a banner with Arabic that reads, "leave," during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • A dog wearing a sign around his neck with Arabic that reads, "leave," accompanies its handler to a protest against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi blows a whistle during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • An Egyptian protester dances while chanting slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • Protesters pray during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • Egyptian protester stands on a roof near Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

  • A Egyptian protester waves a national flag in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

  • Fireworks light the sky as opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • An opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi blows a stadium horn during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi stand on railway bars during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi holds a poster with Arabic that reads, "Tamarod, down with the Muslim Brotherhood regime, 6/30, in front of Itihadeya," during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. The banner at center, with Arabic writing, reads, "leave." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags and his posters during a rally in Nasser City, Cairo, Egypt, late Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

  • An military helicopter flies over an opponent if Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as he waves a national flag, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • An Egyptian protester waves his national flag as thousands celebrate on July 1, 2013 in Cairo's landmark Tahrir square after Egypt's armed forces gave President Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of the people or it would intervene with a roadmap. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian opposition protesters celebrate on July 1, 2013 in Cairo's landmark Tahrir square after Egypt's armed forces gave President Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of the people or it would intervene with a roadmap. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Laser lights are directed by Egyptian protestors on military helicopters flying over the presidential palace in Cairo as hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather at the Egyptian Presidential Palace during a protest calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 1, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Laser lights directed by Egyptian protestors are seen on military helicopters flying over the presidential palace in Cairo as Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather at the Egyptian Presidential Palace during a protest calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 1, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.(GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)