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24 Die in Fresh New Protests in Egypt

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Protesters stand opposite police who fired tear gas during clashes between protesters and police near Liberation Square in Cairo November 21.

At least 24 people have been killed in clashes between Egyptian protesters and military forces in Cairo’s Liberation Square, Egyptian Health Ministry says.

Some 1,700 protesters have also been injured in the country’s recent violence, DPA reported.

Medical sources had earlier put the death toll at 35.

Egyptian police have been firing rubber bullets and teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the iconic square, leaving hundreds injured.

Fresh clashes erupted in Liberation Square as Egyptian protesters held their ground urging military rulers to quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

Protests against Egypt’s military rulers entered a third day as clashes also broke out between government forces and protesters outside the interior ministry.

Similar anti-junta rallies were held in other Egyptian cities including Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia.

The fresh clashes cast a shadow over parliamentary elections due to start next week.

The country’s military council has also threatened protesters with a tougher response if they continue their demonstrations.

Activists and political groups are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of the failure of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to live up to its promise to hand over power to a civilian ruling structure within six months of the February revolution.

Protesters have also censured the chairman of the council, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, for his reluctance to implement sweeping change and dismantle elements of the former regime.

At least 846 people were killed during the uprising in Egypt, which led to the eventual fall of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011.


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