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Death toll rises as protests, clashes continue across Egypt

(Xinhua)

13:02, November 24, 2011

CAIRO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the latest round of clashes which started over the weekend between protestors and the police across Egypt has risen to 35, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.

The deaths included 31 in the capital Cairo, two in the second largest city Alexandria, and one in Ismailia in northeastern Egypt and another in Matrouh in the northwest, the ministry said.

On Wednesday alone, 290 were injured, it added. A total of over 2,000 have by now been wounded since the outbreak of the fresh violent clashes in the country, as the mass protests entered its sixth day and has no sign of ebbing.

On Wednesday evening, the Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, where the Interior Ministry building is and the epicenter of the turmoil earlier this year which toppled Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak, was still brimmed with demonstrators estimated in tens of thousands, the same scenario as previous couple of days.

During the day, policemen fired tear gas canisters to the rock- throwing crowds of protestors in the Mohamed Mahmoud Street near the Tahrir Square, and three armored vehicles were seen deployed by the army on the street to curb clashes.

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