Egypt: Cairo clashes, death toll rises to 30

Armed groups attack sit-in protest against military junta

02 May, 21:03

Protests in Cairo Protests in Cairo

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO - The latest figures from medical sources dealing with those injured at the scene of this morning's clashes put the number of dead at thirty. Field hospitals were set up in the square near the Defence Ministry in Cairo. Some of those seriously injured have later died in hospital. The clashes broke out when armed groups attacked a sit-in that had been under way since Friday near the Ministry building.

The protests had been organised by various groups and had gathered together up to 2,000 protestors over the past days.

Members of Revolutionary Youth were present, Salafis and other political activists. The protestors were calling for the removal of the military junta, which has been in power since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and to bring its members before courts for "crimes committed" since they have been in power. There is a similar request for members of the electoral commission, as well as one for the resignation of the government led by Kamal El Ganzouri. The request is that Parliament then appoint a provisional government up until the presidential elections to be held on May 23 and 24 as planned. After many hours, police units managed to put an end to the clashes, state television reports. According to eye-witness reports, some of the attackers had thrown petrol bombs at street demonstrators from overlooking rooftops, they then conducted raids on the casualty ward of a nearby hospital where the wounded were being tended, wrecking the facility. (ANSAmed).

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