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34 injured across Egypt in clashes between protesters, security forces

English.news.cn   2013-02-09 02:19:34            

CAIRO, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 34 were injured Friday in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in different parts of Egypt as protesters took to main streets and public squares nationwide.

"So far, a total of 34 people were injured. Thirteen were injured in the clashes outside Kafr el-Zayat police station in Gharbiya governorate (80 km north of Cairo); six were injured in Alexandria while the rest were injured in different parts of the country," health ministry spokesman Ahmed Omar told Xinhua.

At el-Mahalla city in Gharbiya, violent clashes took place between security men and protesters who tried to break down the gate of the city council. The security men dispersed them with tear gas bombs but skirmishes were still going on, which paralyzed traffic and forced stores to shut down in the area.

On the other hand, a number of protesters attempted to attack the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and also the police directorate at Gharbiya governorate, around 80 km north of Cairo, but security forces managed to disperse them.

In Cairo, protesters attempted to remove barbed wires around the presidential palace in Cairo and climb the palace gate, while others hurled stones at the palace.

The presidential guards retreated and gathered inside the palace to avoid clashes with protesters, while protesters, mostly minors, attempted to hurl stones and fireworks inside the palace but fellow protesters prevented them to avoid clashes with security forces, Xinhua cameraman reported from the scene.

The situation escalated as some protesters set fire to one of the palace gates which led to burning a nearby tree inside the palace, according to official news agency MENA.

Near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, a number of protesters tried to pull down the wall separating between protesters and the interior ministry, but the situation was finally controlled after some skirmishes between protesters and security forces.

In Alexandria, violent clashes took place between security forces and protesters who attempted to break into Sedi Gaber police station in Abou Qir area, while the police tried to disperse them with tear gas.

"Six were injured in the clashes and their injuries varied between bruises and suffocations due to stone throwing and tear gas bombs," MENA quoted deputy health minister in Alexandria, Mohamed al-Sharkawi, as saying.

Similarly, violent clashes erupted in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, 125 km north of Cairo, as protesters attempted to break into the governorate headquarters, which led the security forces to use tear gas bombs against the protesters who stormed stones in their direction, eyewitnesses told Xinhua. The police arrested three of the protesters over charges of inciting riot and violence.

In Minufiya's Shibin el-Kom city, around 75 km north of Cairo, around 250 protesters attempted to break into the governorates' headquarters but the security men dealt with them and foiled their attempt without injuries. At the same time, other protesters some of the governorate local councils and institutions but security forces managed to control the situations.

The clashes took place across the country as thousands of held anti-government demonstrations nationwide demanding sacking the current "unqualified" government, interior minister and prosecutor- general, as well as trial of those responsible for the deaths of over 50 protesters in recent clashes with security forces.

The demonstrations, dubbed "Friday of Dignity" or "Friday of Departure," condemned the recent police aggression against a protester who was beaten up and stripped before being dragged to a police vehicle.

The protesters raised signs and chanted statements against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.

Editor: yan
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