Egypt unrest toll put at 384

Cairo, Feb 23 (IANS/(AKI) At least 384 people died and 6,467 were injured in the 18 days of clashes between protesters and security forces which toppled Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, the health ministry said.

A final death count has yet to be announced, health minister Sameh Farid said in a statement Tuesday.

Human rights groups and the UN earlier said around 300 people died and up to 1,400 were injured in the clashes between Egyptian security forces and pro-democracy protesters in Cairo and other cities.

Hundreds of people remain missing and untraced, according to human rights groups.

Mubarak faced a massive uprising that began Jan 25 at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the street to protest his nearly 30-year rule. Mubarak quit Feb 11 and went into self exile at Sharm-el Sheikh, his home town.

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