245 'rioters' arrested in Cairo since revolution anniversary

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Jan 2013

45 'rioters' arrested in Cairo at dawn on Thursday, 245 arrested in capital since revolution anniversary on 25 January, says security chief

Security forces arrested 45 rioters on Thursday
Egyptian riot police arrest a man during clashes with protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Security forces have arrested 245 "rioters" in Cairo since the revolution's anniversary on 25 January, the city's security chief has said.

Forty-five "rioters" were arrested at dawn on Thursday, General Osama El-Sagheer added.

The prosecution has charged the suspects with rioting, invading public and private properties, vandalism and arson, and attacking police securing the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel.

Clashes have been ongoing between police and protesters in a number of cities since Friday, which marked the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. More than 50 people have been reported killed in the violence.

In Suez, nine people – including one police conscript – have been killed, while at least one civilian has been reported killed in Ismailia.

Intermittent violence has killed at least 39 civilians and two police in Port Said since Saturday, after a criminal court sentenced 21 local residents to death for their involvement in last February's Port Said stadium disaster.


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