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Policeman killed in Damietta police raid

Police raided the village of Basarta early on Wednesday, following clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police in Damietta on Tuesday night

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 May 2015
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A policeman was killed and six people were injured in a police raid early on Wednesday, following clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security in the Nile Delta city of Damietta on Tuesday night.

Police raided the village of Basarta early on Wednesday morning to arrest people allegedly involved in sparking clashes in Damietta's major Sa’aa Square the night before, Sayed Hassan, a journalist from the Ahram Arabic news website, reported from Damietta.

A face-off during the raid left policeman Essam El-Husseiny killed and another police captain and five civilians injured.  

On Tuesday evening, supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood staged a demonstration at around 8pm in Damietta's Sa’aa Square, according to Hassan. Clashes erupted between protesters and locals in the area, before Central Security Forces arrived. Up to 31 people, including a child and three police conscripts, were injured.

“Security forces and local citizens arrested several Muslim Brotherhood members involved in violent acts in Sa’aa Square and seized birdshot weapons from them,” the Damietta security directorate stated late on Tuesday.

After the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, his supporters staged large sit-ins in Cairo demanding his return, before security forces forcibly dispersed them in August 2013, leaving hundreds dead.

The Brotherhood staged near-weekly demonstrations nationwide for almost a year following these events, with pro-Brotherhood student protests often ending in arrests and violence. These protests have recently dwindled in size and frequency, though some have been held in Cairo and Alexandria.

Thousands of alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been arrested and detained since Morsi’s ouster, while the government and mainstream media have often blamed the Brotherhood for explosives and drive-by shootings targeting the police and the army.

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