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Wednesday 16 April 2014

At least 49 killed in Saturday's protest clashes in Egypt

Egyptians wear masks of Egypt's Defence Minister in Tahrir Square in pro-military rallies to mark the anniversary of the uprising
Egyptians wear masks of Egypt's Defence Minister in Tahrir Square in pro-military rallies to mark the anniversary of the uprising

The death toll from clashes during protests in Egypt yesterday rose to 49, the Health Ministry said today.

Violence erupted on the third anniversary of the popular uprising which toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Nearly 250 people were wounded in Cairo and several other provinces, the ministry said.

While thousands rallied in support of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Egypt's first democratically elected president in July, others protested against the military-backed government, underscoring deep and persistent divisions.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it had arrested 1,079 "rioters" in possession of rifles, petrol bombs, fireworks, and other weapons. It said that a number of policemen were injured in clashes.

Egypt has been gripped by political upheaval and street violence since Mubarak's was ousted.

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