Uprising's anniversary death toll rises to 23 - health ministry

Monday 26-01-2015 01:14 PM
Uprising's anniversary death toll rises to 23 - health ministry

Clashes bewteen families of people who died in the January 2011 uprising and supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo on Sunday January 25, 2015. ASWAT MASRIYA/Mohamed al-Rayi


CAIRO, Jan 25 (Aswat Masriya) – Twenty-three people were killed and 97 were injured in nationwide violence by Monday afternoon, the Health Ministry spokesman said.

The violence started on Sunday, which marked the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising. 

The Cairo district of Matariya, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, saw some of the deadliest confrontations between protesters and security forces continuing on Monday. 

Mursi's banned Muslim Brotherhood has been rallying for protests nationwide to commemorate the anniversary. A 17-year old girl was killed during a Brotherhood protest in Alexandria on Friday.

Security forces also dispersed a protest against "military rule" staged outside the press syndicate in downtown Cairo. Protesters included families of those killed during the 2011 uprising which toppled the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.

In anticipation of protests, security measures across Cairo have been heightened, specifically around major squares.

Tahrir square, located in Downtown Cairo, is considered one of the symbols of the uprising. Military vehicles have been situated at the entrances of the square and on roads leading to it, state-run MENA reported.

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