Death Toll of Clashes in Egypt Rises to 32, More Than 700 Wounded
Jan 26, 2013
The death toll of the ongoing clashes between Security Forces and demonstrators in Egypt which started since Friday on the 2nd anniversary of January 25th revolution rose to 32 and more than 700 wounded, according to medical sources and a statement by the Egyptian Health Ministry.
The Health Ministry stated that the number of killed people due to the continuous clashes in the city of Port Said increased up to 24 and more than 300 wounded.
Director of the Heath Affairs Department in the city, Dr. Helmi al-Afani, said the Department called upon the residents to donate blood and asked the doctors in the city to participate in treating the injured.
Events in Port Said escalated after the Criminal Court in the city issued death sentences against 21 people suspected in the events.
The families of the suspects reacted by trying to storm into the rescue and emergency garage of the province in a bid to get their hands on vehicles to use them in breaking into the Prison of Port Said and releasing the suspects. Accordingly, the security forces and policemen headed to the garage to keep the situation under control.
Clashes erupted later when another group of the suspects’ families set ablaze the housing compound of the Central Security personnel outside the Port Said Hospital as well as the Electricity Directorate, while others blocked the road between Port Said and al-Ismailia.
Earlier, reports said that the clashes between the Security Forces and demonstrators near Port Said Prison resulted in the killing of 5 persons, among them an officer and a police officer, and injuring of 75 others.
Egyptian Interior Ministry Spokesman, Major Gen. Osama Ismael said that an officer and a police secretary were killed and scores of the Prisons guard forces were injured in the events.
Ismael added that the number of police members who were injured during the last two days reached 122.
Egyptian al-Yaoum7 site quoted medical sources in al-Suez city as saying that the death toll of clashes in this port city rose to 9 , adding that the victims died of live bullets.
The sources said that 118 persons were injured during the clashes.
Ministry of Health reported that one citizen was killed in al-Ismailia city with more than 456 wounded people.
Clashes between Egyptian Security forces and protestors broke out in a number of Egyptian cities on the 2nd anniversary of January 25th revolution against policies of President Mohammad Morsi.
Meanwhile, more than 15 political powers in the country called on the Egyptian people to demonstrate on Saturday in protest of the policies of Morsi and the rule of the Muslim brotherhood.
The powers announced organizing a mass peaceful march at 3 afternoon setting off from al-Tahrir Square before Omar Makram mosque into al-Shura council.
H. Zain /H. Said/ Mazen