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Downtown violence continues

Interior minister and other security officials summoned for questioning about Port Said violence as police and protesters clash in Cairo

An Egyptian protester throws back tear gas canisters during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo Yesterday
An Egyptian protester throws back tear gas canisters during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo Yesterday

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and three other security officials are to be questioned in an investigation surrounding the most recent violence that broke out in the city of Port Said, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

Judge Abel Aziz Shaheen also called on the Ministry of Health to fully disclose detailed reports of the deaths and injuries that occurred following last month’s verdict, also requesting forensic reports for the deceased.

Shaheen also ordered a committee to inspect inventory records of two Port Said police stations missing weapons and ammunition.

Fighting between protesters and police continued going into Sunday afternoon in Downtown Cairo, with police continuing to use teargas against a crowd of young demonstrators, who threw rocks at security forces.

Despite relative calm in Port Said following the verdict, two deaths marked clashes in Cairo on Saturday. Protesters and police faced off on Qasr Al-Nile Bridge and the Corniche near Garden City, where the two sides threw stones, as police fired teargas and birdshot.

The Health Ministry verified the deaths of two protesters. One reportedly died from asphyxiation due to teargas, while the other sustained birdshot wounds to the neck after being shot by the police.  It also said a total of 48 Egyptians had been injured throughout the country, including 39 in Cairo, eight in Mahalla, and one in Daqahleya.

Protesters also attacked the Semiramis Hotel and set fire to a gas pipline on the front of the building. Security forces managed to close the main valve in response.

The Ministry of Interior released a statement saying it would take “decisive and resolute action” against attacks on private and public property. The ministry called on revolutionary forces and civil societies to help put an end to the violence, and urged Egyptian parents to move their children away from where the clashes were taking place.

Ultras Ahlawy had staged public demonstrations on Saturday, gathering in front of Al-Ahly Club in Gezira. A group of people burned the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters and the Police Club nearby. Fire fighters and military helicopters managed to control the fire later on Saturday afternoon.

The Downtown Cairo clashes are not thought to have been directly related to the Ultras demonstration, and follow a pattern that has developed in the in recent weeks.

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