One protester killed in clashes in Egypt's Port Said

By REUTERS
March 7, 2013 23:55

PORT SAID - One protester was shot dead on Thursday on a fifth day of clashes between police and demonstrators in the Egyptian city of Port Said, as the country struggles with deepening security problems during its turbulent transition to democracy.

The city at the northern end of the Suez Canal has been a flashpoint since January, with violent protests over death sentences given to local people in connection with a football stadium riot in which more than 70 people died last year.

A court hearing on Saturday is expected to confirm the death sentences handed down on 21 prisoners.

Youths wearing surgical masks, scarves and hoods threw stones and made lewd gestures at a line of police officers who released smoke bombs into streets strewn with rubbish, television footage from pan-Arab channel al-Arabiya showed.

"Karim Atout, 33, died from a gunshot to the head after doctors' efforts failed to revive him," Helmy Al-Affani, a local official of the health ministry in Port Said, told Reuters on Thursday.


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