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Official referendum death toll reaches 10; injuries at 29

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Ministry of Health reports two dead and eight injured on the second day of the referendum

Egyptian security forces are deployed nearby a polling station as security measures are reinforced during the vote on a new constitution on 14 January  2014 in the coastal city of Alexandria.  (AFP PHOTO / STR)

Egyptian security forces are deployed nearby a polling station as security measures are reinforced during the vote on a new constitution on 14 January 2014 in the coastal city of Alexandria.
(AFP PHOTO / STR)

The death toll over the two days of referendum has reached 10, five of whom dying of criminal causes while the rest died of natural causes, according to the Ministry of Health, while total injuries reached 29.

The ministry issued an official statement on Thursday regarding the number of injuries on the second day of the referendum on the draft of the constitution.

The statement mentioned that eight were injured in the governorates of Assiut, Kafr Al-Shiekh, Menufiya, Alexandria, Gharbeya, and Minya. Three of the eight injuries stemmed from health conditions.

As for the number of fatalities, the ministry clarified that two died of natural causes in the governorates of Minya and Assiut.

The ministry had issued an earlier statement on the first day of the referendum putting the number of fatalities at eight and the number of injuries at 21.

Clashes had erupted on the poll’s first day between the supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi, who oppose the constitution, and security forces. The violence left five dead, according to the Health Ministry count, Human Rights Watch put the clashes death toll at 11.

Minister of Health Dr Maha Al-Rabat mentioned in statement on Wednesday that the ministry had created a special emergency plan for the referendum, canceling all holiday leave in public hospitals and providing extra supplies of medicine and blood bags.

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