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Clashes leave 49 dead on Egypt revolt anniversary

January 26, 2014

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A member of the 6th April movement (C-back) is attacked by supporters of Defence Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (front) in Cairo's Talaat Harb sqaure on January 25, 2014. – AFP
A member of the 6th April movement (C-back) is attacked by supporters of Defence Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (front) in Cairo's Talaat Harb sqaure on January 25, 2014. – AFP
Supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold a poster of him in Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, January 25, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold a poster of him in Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, January 25, 2014. – Reuters Photo
Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defence Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25, 2014. – AFP
Egyptians wave the national flag and hold up pictures of Defence Minister army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's Tahrir Square on January 25, 2014. – AFP
Egyptian traditional dancers perform at a pro-military rally marking the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. – AP Photo
Egyptian traditional dancers perform at a pro-military rally marking the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising at Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. – AP Photo
Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising on January 25, 2014. – AFP
Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising on January 25, 2014. – AFP

CAIRO: At least 49 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes that erupted Saturday during rival rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolt, the health ministry said.

In addition, 247 people were injured, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The interior ministry said for its part that 1,079 people had been arrested during the demonstrations that came three years after the start of the uprising that forced long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak to quit.

The clashes broke out between protesters who support deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and those backing the military, which ousted him in July after a single turbulent year in power.

Security forces have since waged a bloody crackdown in which at least 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of Islamists arrested, including virtually all top leaders of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.