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Ministry of Health denies any deaths occurred in Cairo

40 people have been killed since Friday in clashes across the country after events commemorating the second anniversary of the January 2011 revolution.

Ministry of Health Spokesperson Ahmed Omar stated that 31 deaths occurred in the governorate of Port Said. Clashes occurred in Port Said on Saturday as angry mobs took to the street in protest over death sentences served to 21 Port Said residents for complicity in the Port Said Massacre.

Omar said that 8 people were killed in the Suez Governorate and one in the neighbouring Ismailia Governorate. He stated that no deaths were officially reported in Cairo. Shayma’ Atef, researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), stated the initiative received complaints that one protester was killed by birdshot in Cairo. EIPR could not confirm this death.

Omar added that 524 people were admitted to hospital after sustaining injuries during clashes across the country. 112 of these remain in hospital.

Clashes begun on Friday as thousands of protesters took to the streets with demands similar to those raised during the January 2011 revolution. Protests soon became violent across the country, particularly in Tahrir Square on Friday evening. Suez witnessed further violent clashes on Friday and Saturday, as protesters attempted to break into the Security Directorate.

Clashes are ongoing in Cairo and Port Said.

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