Army didn't use live ammo on protesters: Military Source

Ahram Online, Friday 4 May 2012

Military police only used water cannons and tear gas during clashes, no curfew will be enforced Abbaisya, an Army source told Ahram Arabic gate

injured protestor
An injured protestor in Abbasiya clashes (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The Egyptian army did not use live ammunition on protestors who marched to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on Friday afternoon, a military source told Ahram Arabic gate.

"We did not and will not use live fire on protestors," the source said.

He added that military police only used water cannons and tear gas to disperse thousands of protestors near the army headquarters located in Abbasiya area in Cairo.

The ministry of health announced that 59 persons were wounded in the clashes. For his part, the military source said that tens of army personnel were also wounded while protecting the ministry.

The source denied news reports claiming that the army will enforce a curfew in the Abbasiya area.

Security forces succeeded in clearing the area adjacent to MOD from all protesters who retreated in the direction of Tahrir square in the late hours of Friday afternoon.

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