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Al-Jazeera headquarters ablaze as clashes continue in Cairo

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Unidentified masked men reportedly throw Molotov cocktails into first floor office

The attack comes as the Mohamed Mahmoud Street fighting enters a third day Hassan Ibrahim

The attack comes as the Mohamed Mahmoud Street fighting enters a third day
Hassan Ibrahim

The Al-Jazeera Mubasher headquarters in Tahrir Square were set on fire on Wednesday morning, as unidentified individuals threw Molotov cocktails at the building. According to the state-run news agency MENA, the fire was started by unknown assailants and fire trucks responded quickly, putting out the blaze. No injuries or deaths were reported.

Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr reported the Cairo security chief and the commander of the Central Security Forces were attacked in Tahrir Square whilst trying to negotiate peace with protesters. The channel also said the attackers managed to enter the property, looting equipment.

The attack comes as the Mohamed Mahmoud Street fighting enters a third day. The first officially confirmed fatality of the clashes has been identified as Gaber Salah Gaber, an activist from the April 6 Youth Movement who was rushed to the Al-Qasr Al-Eini hospital Tuesday night to undergo emergency treatment for gunshot wounds to the head and neck. A shotgun pellet was found to be lodged in his brain and he was declared clinically dead Tuesday and confirmed dead Wednesday morning.

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