Saturday, January 25, 2014

14 Killed As Clashes Erupt Outside Cairo

14 killed as clashes erupt outside Cairo

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Jan 2014

Fourteen people were killed on Friday during clashes between police and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood across Egypt,according to the health ministry and medical sources.

School pupil Abdullah Nawara died in the clashes, which saw supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi squarring off with police and local residents in the Nile Delta's Damietta governorate, located northeast of Cairo on the Meditteranean coast.

Protesters shouted slogans against the police and army until security forces arrived and dispersed them with teargas. Eleven others were reportedly injured in the clashes.

Twelve others were arrested during the violence, Al-Ahram added.

West of Damietta on the same coast, clashes also erupted in Alexandria during a funeral for a student killed in previous clashes in the city on Thursday, leading to the death of another protester.

Supporters and opponents of the Brotherhood threw bricks and stones in the Al-Dekheila district, in the western part of the city, with protesters blocking a road before police intervened to separate both sides.

Fierce clashes also broke out in Giza between Morsi supporters and Egyptian security forces.

Hundreds of Islamists gathered in the Imbaba district, west of Cairo, with some burning tyres and hurling lit fireworks at security forces, who responded by firing tear gas, news agency MENA reported.

Sources told Ahram Online that one died in the Imbaba clashes. At least 111 rioters have been arrested in several governorates, the interior ministry said.

In Beheira governorate in Egypt's Nile Delta, two were killed in clashes between the Brotherhood and residents of Housh Eissa city, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

In Upper Egypt's Beni Suef governorate,the health ministry and medical sources reported that 5 people were killed during clashes between police and Brotherhood supporters.

Security forces said they arrested 20, two of whom are leading Brotherhood members -- Mahmoud Fouad and Mohamed Sayyed Abdo. Protests had erupted following Friday prayers in the cities of Beni Suef and Al-Wasti which soon after developed into confrontations.

In Upper Egypt's Minya governorate, Emad Sadek, 54, a shop owner, died from gunshot wounds sustained as he was passing close to the clashes. One more was injured, according to a health ministry official speaking to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Clashes in Upper Egypt's Fayoum governorate also led to the death of 3, according to the latest health ministry figures.

At least six others were killed and more than 80 injured in Cairo in three separate bomb attacks targeting police buildings and personnel.

One of the bombs was detonated in front of a movie theater in Giza, west of Cairo, but details from the scene have not yet indicated whether the intended target was the cinema or other facilities nearby, such as the Giza governorate headquarters located only meters away.

Friday's bomb attacks have heightened tensions in Egypt a day ahead of planned protests to mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

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