51 killed, 1,100 injured in violent protests in Egypt

09:05, January 30, 2011      

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At least 51 people have been killed and 1,100 others injured during the past four days in violent, massive protests demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the Health Ministry said Saturday.

The Cabinet resigned in the midst of rampant looting across the sprawling capital city dotted by dozens of military armored personnel carriers and tanks as well as soldiers on foot deployed around a number of key government buildings.

The pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo -- Egypt's premiere tourist site -- were closed by the military to tourists.

A police crackdown drew harsh criticism from the Obama administration and even a threat Friday to reduce a 1.5 billion U.S. dollar foreign aid program if Washington's most important Arab ally escalates the use of force.

Hundreds of protesters on Saturday resumed demostrations in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, where anti-government protests started peacefully on Tuesday before turning violent in the following days.

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