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Egypt police storm Tahrir Square to disperse protesters

Egyptian riot police backed by armoured vehicles stormed Cairo's Tahrir Square late Tuesday to disperse stone-throwing protesters, firing tear gas and shots to scatter the demonstrators, an AFP reporter said. A health ministry official said at least 16 people had been injured in the clashes, some with birdshot wounds. hr-se/mfp

Egypt used 'live ammo' against Morsi backers

Egyptian security forces used live ammunition on October 6 to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were also attacked by men with firearms and swords, Amnesty International said Monday. At least 49 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Cairo alone as security forces used "excessive and unwarranted lethal force" to disperse pro-Morsi crowds, said the human rights watchdog. The Egyptian health ministry said at least 57 people were killed nationwide on the day of the bloody crackdown, including 48 in the capital.

Death toll from Egypt clashes rises to 57

The death toll from weekend clashes between Islamists and police has reached 57, a senior Egyptian health ministry official told AFP on Tuesday. Khaled al-Khatib said that 48 people died in Cairo and nine in other parts of the country. Authorities had previously given a toll of 51. Khatib said a total of 391 people had been injured throughout the country. Clashes erupted on Sunday as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi tried to galvanise protests around the country but were dispersed by police.

Egypt police fire tear gas on Islamist protesters near Tahrir Square

Egyptian police fired tear gas at Islamist protesters near Cairo's Tahrir square Friday to prevent them from entering it, an AFP correspondent reported. Police fired large volley of tear gas at several hundred Islamist who were chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest), the correspondent reported. He said police also fired live ammunition into the air to disperse the crowd. se-jds/al

26 wounded in Cairo clashes

At least 26 people were wounded in clashes on Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square between supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Monday, emergency services told AFP. Demonstrators from both sides clashed, throwing rocks and firing birdshot. Police fired tear gas to disperse the clashes. At least 26 people were wounded in the violence, mostly by birdshot, emergency services chief Mohammed Sultan told AFP.

Sea of flags as anti-Morsi crowd packs Tahrir

A sea of flags fluttered wildly Sunday as tens of thousands of people staged a show of force in Cairo's Tahrir Square to back the army's ouster of Egypt's first freely elected president. As the crowds grew larger and larger, a military aircraft flew low over the capital, leaving behind it long trails of smoke in black, white and red -- the colours of the Egyptian flag. "We are on the street to show the world that it was a popular revolution and not a coup that overthrew" Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, said a beaming teacher who gave her name as Magda.

Tahrir Square erupts in joy after Egypt army statement

Thousands of protesters erupted in joy on Monday after the military said it would intervene if the people's demands are not met in 48 hours, an AFP journalist said, after millions took to the streets to call on President Mohamed Morsi to step down. "Come down Sissi, Morsi is not my president," they protesters chanted, urging the country's army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, to intervene. On the streets of Cairo, cars beeped their horns and waved Egyptian flags after the army statement. ht-jaz/hkb

Egypt security, protesters clash at president's palace

Egyptian security used water cannon and fired shots into the air as protesters threw petrol bombs and stones into the grounds of the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday, an AFP correspondent said. The clashes came amid rallies in several cities against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following unrest that killed 56 people, mostly in Port Said, after 21 residents were sentenced to death over a football-related riot in 2012.

Egypt security, protesters clash at president's palace

Egyptian security used water cannon and fired shots into the air as protesters threw petrol bombs and stones into the grounds of the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday, an AFP correspondent said. The clashes came amid rallies in several cities against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following unrest that killed 56 people, mostly in Port Said, after 21 residents were sentenced to death over a football-related riot in 2012.

Egypt holds Black Bloc member over 'Israeli sabotage plan'

Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained a member of the Black Bloc militant group suspected of planning to carry out an Israeli-directed sabotage plan, the official MENA news agency said. One person "belonging to the Black Bloc organisation was arrested inside a building overlooking Tahrir Square carrying Israeli plans to target petrol companies and vital installations, maps of these places and instructions on setting fire to some places," MENA reported.
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