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Clashes continue between protestors, police after two deaths in Egypt

(Xinhua)

08:35, November 21, 2011

An injured man is carried away as protestors clash with riot police in Egyptian capital Cairo, on Nov. 20, 2011. Clashes between Egyptian riot police and protesters have killed two people and injured more than 670 in the capital city and the country's second largest city Alexandria. (Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)

CAIRO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Clashes continued early Sunday morning between the security forces and protestors in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, after two died from shots and nearly 1,000 were injured in similar clashes across the country.


Dozens of protestors tried to storm into the Interior Ministry building near the Tahrir Square in central Cairo, but were stopped by riot police stationed around the building. Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd of protestors.

All shops near the square have been closed.

A 23-year-old protestor in Cairo and another 16-year-old boy in Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, were shot dead on Saturday, health ministry officials said.

Other cities like Suez also witnessed similar clashes.

The latest round of clashes broke out on Saturday in Cairo after military police tried to clear the Tahrir Square as dozens of protestors continued their sit-in after Friday's mass protest with the participation of tens of thousands. Police vans were set on fire, and protestors threw stones at them.

On Sunday, the Egyptian government held an emergency meeting under Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to assess the current situation in the country. The meeting focused on the means of restoring security and stability of Egypt's streets and the measures to secure the polling stations of the first stage of the parliamentary elections due to start on Nov. 28.

The military council has stressed in a statement issued on Sunday that the parliamentary elections will be held as planned.

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