Egyptian women hold defiant rally to denounce killing of female protester

Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week.

The slaying of 32-year mother and activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh has set off a storm of criticism against the police. Officials have denied the police shot and killed her.

More than 100 women protesters gathered on Thursday, holding up pictures of el-Sabbagh and chanting defiantly: "Police are thugs!" and "Down with every president so long as blood is cheap!"

The protesters later dispersed peacefully and police did not intervene.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down heavily on protests and banned any demonstrations without prior government approval.

The crackdown follows the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, after mass protests against him.