Egypt sends troops to calm clashes in Cairo, 11 dead

By REUTERS
May 2, 2012 14:11

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's army said on Wednesday it was deploying extra troops to control clashes that erupted at a protest near the Defense Ministry in Cairo, where medical and security sources said the death toll had risen to 11.

"Eight armored personnel carriers from the military central zone entered the Abassiya area to disperse the fighting between protesters, and not to disperse the peaceful demonstrators. However, protesters attacked the armed forces. The armed forces have orders to hold their ground," an army statement said.

The army said clashes had been contained. A Reuters witness said the situation on the ground had calmed.

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