Egypt’s army denied firing any shots at protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where pro- and anti-government protesters clashed, state media and the Defense Ministry said.

“The army denies firing any shots on the protesters,” according to a statement from the Defense Ministry, read to Reuters by a ministry source. It added that some smoke canisters were fired near the U.S. embassy to disperse crowds.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo is close to Tahrir Square. “No one in the army participated in the protest,” the source said, denying some reports that those involved included soldiers.

An Al Jazeera correspondent earlier said the army had fired shots in the air. A Reuters witness said they heard shots fired, but it was not immediately clear where the shots came from.

(Source: Marwa Awad, writing by Alison Williams for Reuters.

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