At least 20 dead in Egypt protests

29 Jan 2011


Egyptian demonstrators fuel the fire next to burning police vehicles in Cairo. –AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed


CAIRO: At least 20 people were killed in clashes with security forces across Egypt on Friday as nationwide anti-government protests raged for a fourth straight day, medics and witnesses told AFP.

At least 13 people were killed and 75 injured in anti-government protests in the canal city of Suez, a hospital source told AFP.

In Cairo, at least five people were killed and several hundred injured.

“Until now, five people are dead and several hundred have been injured,” a medic told AFP as more wounded were being ferried into Qasr al-Aini hospital in central Cairo. The toll applied to those at Qasr al-Aini hospital alone.

In the Nile Delta city of Mansura, two people died after being shot by rubber bullets during protests, witnesses said.

The deaths came as anti-government protests entered their fourth day, with demonstrators calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.