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Egypt:Death toll from clashes in Cairo rises to 33 – morgue officials

Monday, November 21, 2011

Laaska news  Nov. 21, 2011

 

An egyptian protestor holds a tear gas during the clashes with the Egyptian riot police at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 21, 2011. Clashes continued on Monday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between security forces and protestors, who have been rallying against the country’s military rulers and are demanding a rapid transition to civilian rule. (Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)
CAIRO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The death toll from violent clashes in Cairo over the past three days has risen to 33, officials of Egypt’s Zeinhom Morgue said Monday.

The al-Jazeera TV quoted the officials as saying that 33 corpses have been taken to the morgue since clashes between protestors and police at central Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted Saturday.

The Egyptian health ministry earlier put the death toll at 22, with 1,830 injured during the past three days of violence.

“The military forces were not in Tahrir Square but they were assigned to secure the headquarters of the interior ministry,” said assistant chief of the Central Military Region, Saeed Abbas, at a press conference in front of the interior ministry building near the square.

“The military council did not come to the square on Sunday to disperse protestors, but it came at a request of the Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy,” he added.

Abbas affirmed that if the protestors wanted any forces to protect them from bullying, the forces will be ready to protect them.

Meanwhile, Abbas asserted the military council’s commitment to Egypt’s road map according to which parliamentary elections will be held, a founding committee will be formed to draw a new constitution and the power will eventually handed over to a civilian authority.

This is one of the worst clashes since the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February, raising concerns about the elections to be held on Nov. 28 as there has not yet been a sign of an end to the violence.

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