Number of injured rises to 231 in Cairo clashes

10:56, July 24, 2011      

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A protestor is seen in Cairo, Egypt, July 23, 2011. Egyptian soldiers blocked the way here on Saturday as thousands of protesters marched toward Egypt's Ministry of Defense and headquarters of the country's military rulers. (Xinhua)

The number of people injured in clashes during Saturday's protests in Cairo rose to 231, official MENA news agency said.

A health ministry official said 39 of the injured were rushed to four hospitals while the rest got medical treatment at the scene.

The clashes occurred when protestors attempted to march toward the headquarters of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in the Abbasiya district but were stopped by supporters of the army and military police.

The protestors hurled stones at the popular squad members and military police, causing casualties, MENA reported.

The military said they avoided using violence and exercised self-restraint in dealing with the protestors.

A military source said protestors also set cars ablaze.

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