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Friday 22 August 2014

Death toll rises after Egypt demos

Published 25/01/2013 | 01:35

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Egyptian protesters tear down a cement wall built near the parliament building in Cairo (AP)
Skirmishes break out between protesters and security forces, unseen, near Tahrir Square (AP)
Thousands of Egyptian protesters gather in Tahrir Square (AP)

Egypt's official news agency said the death toll has risen to four in clashes in the city of Suez between police and protesters on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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The agency quoted the head of the emergency ward at the Suez Canal's city's main hospital as saying five other people were being treated for gunshot wounds after the clashes, raising the possibility of more fatalities.

Suez saw some of the worst clashes between police and protesters, who set ablaze a government building that once housed the city's local government.

The protests have been called by the liberal and secular opposition to denounce Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who took office in June as the country's first freely elected civilian president.

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