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Egypt police fire teargas to scatter Tahrir Square protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces fired teargas to disperse protesters demonstrating against the army-backed government in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, witnesses said. Several hundred people had chanted "down down with military rule" and one protester had hung a picture of ousted President Mohamed Mursi from a lamppost before the teargas volleys began. (Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Egypt police fire tear gas at pro-Morsi students in Tahrir

Police fired tear gas as more than two thousand students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi entered Cairo's Tahrir Square to demonstrate against July's military "coup," an AFP reporter said. Sunday's demonstration was the first Islamist protest in the Egyptian capital's iconic square -- the epicentre of the 2011 revolt against long-ruling president Hosni Mubarak -- since Morsi's ouster by the army on July 3. ht-mon-jds/jk

Protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square criticize police, army

CAIRO (Reuters) - More than 1,000 protesters marched on Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday night to condemn the actions of Egyptian security forces and some criticized army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The demonstration began hours earlier to commemorate people killed in clashes with police two years ago and then turned into chanting against the army. (Reporting by Maggie Fick and Omar Fahmy; Editing by Alison Williams)

Two Egyptian soldiers shot dead near Ismailia

CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed two Egyptian soldiers on Sunday in an attack on a military facility near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, a security official said. A third soldier was wounded in the attack on the base, located on the road between Ismailia and the city of Zagazig, to the west in the Nile Delta. The gunmen opened fire from a passing vehicle, the official said.

Shots fired at Cairo hotel in apparent labour dispute

Gunmen opened fire on a five-star hotel in Cairo near the famed Giza pyramids on Friday, an Egyptian police general said, in what appeared to be a labour dispute. Interior ministry spokesman General Hany Abdel Latif said the attack was carried out by laid off hotel workers, and that there were no casualties. The attackers fired birdshot or pistol rounds at the Amarante Pyramids Hotel, he told AFP. A hotel employee who requested anonymity said the attack happened early in the morning, and that police were investigating.

Shots fired on Cairo hotel in apparent labour dispute

Gunmen opened fire on a hotel in Cairo near the famed Giza pyramids on Friday, a police general said, in what appeared to be a labour dispute. Interior ministry spokesman General Hany Abdel Latif told AFP the attack was carried out by laid off hotel workers. There were no casualties. se/dv

Egypt frees Briton arrested over police-like clothes

Egyptian authorities freed Monday a Briton who was arrested in the restive north Sinai town of El-Arish for possessing clothes similar to police uniforms, state media reported. The Briton, who was not identified, was released on the orders of the general prosecution of El-Arish, said the official MENA news agency. "The decision to release him comes after an investigation found him to be a pharmacist who had come to offer aid," the report said.

American found hanged in Egypt police cell

An American was found hanged in his police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Sunday, believed to have committed suicide, Egyptian security officials said. They said the body of Henry James, 55, who told authorities he was a retired officer, was found at noon at Ismailiya Awal police station. strs-ht-jaz/hc

American found hanged in Egypt police cell

An American found hanged in his police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Sunday was believed to have committed suicide, Egyptian security officials said. They said the body of James Henry (EDITORS: correct), 55, who told authorities he was a retired officer, was found at noon at Ismailiya Awal police station. Henry had been detained in August for violating a curfew imposed because of the latest wave of political unrest sweeping Egypt. He was stopped on the road between El-Arish and Rafah in North Sinai and told authorities he was on his way to the Gaza Strip.

Egypt soldiers wounded in Sinai bombings

At least six Egyptian soldiers were wounded when improvised bombs targeted their armoured vehicles in the Sinai border town of Rafah on Friday, a security official said. The explosions occurred during a military operation in the town bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip, witnesses said. The military regularly conducts operations in Rafah to destroy smuggling tunnels to Gaza, amid a wider campaign to quell a militant Islamist insurgency in the north of the Sinai peninsula.
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