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One dead and tens injured in Friday clashes in Tahrir

A 35-year-old man was killed during clashes against security forces Friday near Tahrir Square as protests against anti-Islam film continue

MENA and Ahram Online, Saturday 15 Sep 2012
An Injured man during clashes near US embassy on 14 September (Photo: Reuters)
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Some 27 protesters were injured and one killed during clashes with security forces Friday near the US Embassy in Cairo as protests against the US-made film "The Innocence of Muslims," deemed offensive against Islam, continue close to Tahrir Square.

Ismail Rashad, 35, was killed by shotgun fire during limited clashes with security forces near the US Embassy. According to a statement released by the interior ministry, Rashad was accused in 16 prior cases and was given a year's prison sentence.

Clashes that had been ongoing since Wednesday have left over 220 injured, according to reports. Friday's injured were transferred to Kasr El-Eini Hospital and were later fit for release, save three.

Meanwhile, the interior ministry said that 53 officers and lower ranking police had been injured, including seven injured by pellet shots.

The state-owned MENA news agency later said the number of security personnel injured rose to 99.

Protests have been ongoing in Cairo and several Muslim capitals since Tuesday, expressing anger at the anti-Islam film. During the protests several US embassies have been assaulted, while in Benghazi, Libya, the US ambassador and three other consulate staff members were killed.

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