Egypt police fire warning shots after clashes

July 23, 2011 20:37


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CAIRO - Military police fired warning shots in the air at a protest outside the Egyptian Defense Ministry in Cairo on Saturday after stone-throwing clashes broke out between thousands of demonstrators and opponents, witnesses said.

They said several people were injured, including at least three children, apparently by stone-throwing as demonstrators and what appeared to be thugs traded stones broken from street pavements.

A Reuters witness said at least 15 rounds of gunfire, apparently blanks, were heard, sending people screaming.

The demonstrators had marched peacefully to the headquarters of the ruling military council at the Defense Ministry to press for political reforms and for a quick trial of policemen who had killed demonstrators in the Jan. 25 uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

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