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Over 1400 injured in Cairo's clashes

Over 1400 injured in Cairo's clashes


Riot police stand guard as soccer fans chant anti-ministry of interior slogans during a protest condemning the death that happened on Wednesday at Port Said stadium, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, in front of the parliament in Cairo February 2, 2012.[Photo/Agencies]

CAIRO - Egyptian Health Ministry said Friday that some 1,482 were wounded in clashes that erupted Thursday night between police and protesters near the Interior Ministry building in central Cairo.

The ministry said 835 of the injured were treated on the spot, while the other 647 were sent to hospitals, according to official MENA news agency.

During the clashes, the security forces fired tear gas canisters to prevent the crowds from reaching the building.

A new wave of protests has hit several areas of Egypt. In Suez, two people died and dozens were injured after protests erupted outside the provincial government institutions.

Local security authorities said thugs should be blamed for the clashes.

The protests were triggered by a riot of football fans in Egypt's Port Said Stadium after a match on Wednesday night, in which 74 people were killed and hundreds injured.

Protesters chant anti-government slogans during a protest condemning the death of soccer fans at Port Said stadium, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo,

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