More than 1,000 hurt in Egypt clashes: Official


CAIRO: A senior official says more than 1,000 people have been hurt in two days of clashes between police and protesters over demands that the country’s military rulers speed up the prosecution of police officers accused of killing protesters early this year.

The official Middle East News Agency on Wednesday quoted assistant health minister Abdul-Hameed Abazah as saying that of the injured, some 900 were treated on the spot and more than 120 admitted to hospital.

The violence began Tuesday night in Cairo and was continuing on Wednesday with riot police firing in the air and using tear gas to disperse the protesters, who pelted them with rocks and firebombs.

The violence was reminiscent of the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

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