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Interior Minister: Security forces did not fire on protesters, civilians did

Mansour El-Eissawy blames civilians for firing at protesters during Cairo clashes, but warns that demonstrators approaching interior ministry or police stations will be met with 'full force'

Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Nov 2011
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Protesters run as police fire during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 19, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian Interior Minister Mansour El-Eissawy has denied that security forces fired on protesters during Saturday's clashes, adding that 49 policemen of different ranks have suffered injuries.

Speaking during an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday, El-Eissawy said that it was civilians who fired at demonstrators. The guilty parties have been arrested and will be questioned and prosecuted, he said.

El-Eissawy also warned that full force will be used against any demonstrators who attempt to approach the interior ministry or any police stations across the country. 

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