Live ammunition killed Interior Ministry protesters, say forensic authorities

Ahram Online, Wednesday 8 Feb 2012

The authority received 11 bodies, two of which died of live ammunition shots

The forensic authority inspected the bodies of 11 casualties of the latest clashes between police and protesters in the streets around the Ministry of Interior headquarters in Cairo, said Ashraf El Refaie, assistant to the head of the authority.

According to El Refaie, two of those killed in the clashes lost their lives after being shot by live ammunition, while nine died due to the use of 6mm birdshots.

Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that the countrywide death toll due to ongoing clashes between protesters and security forces – which erupted in the wake of the Port Said disaster on Wednesday, which saw 74 football fans killed – had risen to 15 following the death of two civilians in downtown Cairo Monday evening.

Since last Thursday, on-again, off-again fighting has raged between protesters opposed to military rule and police near the Interior Ministry. The last two casualties, however, were killed at the hands of men in plainclothes, according to eyewitnesses.

 

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