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Reuters reports two deaths; army says no live rounds fired

The ruling military council denies that live rounds were used on civilian protesters overnight, though medical sources report two dead and 15 more injured after the army forcibly cleared Tahrir Square early morning

Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Apr 2011
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Reuters reported today that two men were killed by gun fire in Tahrir Square during ‎‎bloody clashes that erupted between demonstrators and military forces early on Saturday morning. ‎‎However, the army assured its troops hadn't  fired live rounds on civilians. ‎
Reuters quoted a medical source in a Cairo-based hospital as saying both men ‎‎were among 15 persons injured by firearms.‎
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces earlier announced that army forces had ‎‎‎“stood up against riots and ensured the observation of the curfew without any losses”.‎

Hundreds of Egyptians defied soldiers who tried to disperse them overnight from ‎‎Tahrir ‎Square and vowed Saturday to keep protesting until ex-President Hosni ‎‎Mubarak is tried ‎and other demands of the Egyptian Revolution are met.‎

Some demonstrators, angry at the army's use of tasers and batons to drive them ‎‎out ‎of Tahrir, hurled rocks at a burning army bus and truck. Gunshots echoed around ‎‎the ‎square during the night as the army sought to clear the area, Reuters reported. ‎

After a protest by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians on Friday, the army ‎‎‎surrounded the Tahrir after curfew, set from 2am to 5am, to push out those who ‎‎‎remained.‎

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