Egypt revolt anniversary death toll rises to 20: Officials

At least 19 protesters and a policeman were killed and violence in Cairo accounted for all but one death, that of a demonstrator in Alexandria.

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Published: Mon 26 Jan 2015, 7:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:07 PM

Anti-government protesters help an injured protester when pro-government protesters threw stones during a protest in front of the press syndicate in Cairo. -Reuters

Cairo: The death toll from clashes between protesters and police as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising has risen to 20, most of them protesters, officials said on Monday.

The clashes on Sunday in Cairo and the coastal city of Alexandria came after Mursi supporters called for demonstrations against President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi’s government.

At least 19 protesters and a policeman were killed, a health ministry official said.

The Cairo violence accounted for all but one death, that of a demonstrator in Alexandria.

Late on Sunday, officials had put the death toll at 15, including the policeman who was shot dead during clashes in a northern Cairo district.

Tensions had surged ahead of the anniversary, and a female demonstrator was killed in clashes with police during a rare leftwing protest in Cairo on Saturday.

Shaima Al Sabbagh died of birdshot wounds when police fired to disperse a march, fellow protesters said.

An 18-year-old female protester was also killed on Friday in clashes in Alexandria.

Egypt has been gripped by political turmoil since the 2011 uprising that overthrew ex-strongman Hosni Mubarak, and by violent unrest since his successor Mursi was ousted.



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