CAIRO, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry warned in a statement Saturday of "strict measures" against rioters who set fire to public and private properties and assault security forces in Cairo.
"The ministry warns and asserts that it will take decisive and strict measures toward such aggressions which harm everyone and directly affect the stability of the nations," the statement said.
The ministry said the police adopts utmost self-restraints in dealing with assailants, calling on all political and national forces as well as civil society organizations "to bear their responsibilities and immediately interfere to stop the ongoing violence."
The statement was issued after bloody confrontations between security forces and protestors, including rioters, near the Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo claimed the lives of two people and injured 14 others.
"One was shot dead while the other died of suffocation after inhaling tear gas," Mohamed Sultan, head of Egypt's Ambulance Authority, told Xinhua.
Also on Saturday, five others were injured at a police club in Cairo by a group of al-Ahly soccer club fans called Ultras Ahlawy who were angry about Saturday's "dissatisfactory" court verdict on the Port Said killings.