Protester dies in hospital, raising clashes death toll to 16

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Feb 2012

Another Egyptian activist succumbs to injuries from recent clashes between police and protesters outside ministry of interior

Egypt's Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that one of those injured during recent clashes between protesters and police in downtown Cairo had succumbed to his injuries. The latest casualty brings the death toll from last week's clashes to 16, according to ministry estimates.

Shehab El-Sayed Abd El-Moteleb, who died in hospital on Sunday, had been shot in his chest and stomach in Egypt's northern Suez Governorate. He had been hospitalised in Cairo's Qasr El-Aini Hospital.

According to the ministry, ten people from Cairo and six from Suez died during the clashes, while 14 remain hospitalised.

Clashes between police and protesters erupted after thousands of people angered by the Port Said football violence earlier this month demonstrated against police, surrounding the Ministry of Interior in Cairo and police headquarters in Suez and in other governorates.  

More than 70 football fans, mostly supporters of the Ahly Ultras, were killed on 1 February after rival Masry fans stormed the pitch at the end of an Egyptian league game. Many critics blamed the violence on what they called the insufficient security presence.

Ultras – hardcore football fans – have played a major role in the Egyptian revolution since last year's Tahrir Square uprising. Many of the group's members have called for Egypt's ruling military council step down.

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