91 injured, no deaths at defence ministry clashes: Health Ministry

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Apr 2012

Ministry of Health denies reports of deaths at clashes between unknown assailants and supporters of disqualified former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail Saturday night

Egyptians clash
Egyptians clash early Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)

Deputy Health Minister Hisham Shiha stated Sunday that clashes near the Defence Ministry late Saturday left 91 injured and no fatalities.

The injured were treated at Demerdash, Hussein, Dar El-Shefa and El-Nozha hospitals, Shiha added. Of the injured, 77 had light wounds.

AP had reported earlier that a security source confirmed one was killed during the clashes.

However, Mohamed Fatouh, the head of the Association of Tahrir Doctors, which has treated the injured near the site of the clashes, told Ahram Online that his group could confirm that four were killed and at least 70 injured.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, unknown assailants attacked tens of protesters who had been staging a sit-in since late Friday night near the Ministry of Defence headquarters near Abbasiya Square.

The protesters who included many supporters of the recently barred presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail as well as other activists were voicing their opposition to the decision by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission to disqualify the Salafist preacher from the race for Egypt president which is set for May. Some demanded the military council hand power to a civilian administration.

The attackers used molotov cocktail bombs and cement bricks in their assault on protesters, and gunfire was also heard according to eyewitneses.

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