Three were injured during an attack on a police station in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh on Tuesday.
Families of several detainees from Marsa Matrouh's Al-Negeila and Sidi Brani districts besieged the police station in which their relatives were held captive, in an attempt to set them free after hearing of the prison sentences issued against them.
Police forces continue to surround the police station, with relatives in turn encircling the police. Live ammunition continues to be exchanged back and forth.
The assailants had tried to break into the west Matrouh police station using firearms, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic website.