Monday, November 21, 2011

Egypt: '35 Killed' In Clashes With Police - 21st Nov 2011

Thirty-five people have reportedly been killed in clashes between police and protesters in Egypt as calls intensify for military rulers to quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

AP news agency reported the increased death toll, while the country's Health Ministry said another 1,750 people had been wounded.

It was not specified whether the dead and injured were protesters, or whether they included policemen and army soldiers.

Power is due to be transferred by military leaders in 2012 or early 2013, but protesters are demanding a firm date.

As demonstrations grow, more people are calling for the military to step down immediately in favour of an interim civilian council.

Protesters reportedly thwarted an attempt by police to evict them from Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday morning after officers fired tear gas and attacked a makeshift field hospital.

Witnesses also said protesters broke up pavements and hurled chunks of concrete at police. Read More