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UN chief "very concerned" by resurgence of violence in Egypt

(Xinhua)

11:09, December 19, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said he is "very concerned" by the resurgence of violence in Cairo, Egypt, which has led to a number of civilian deaths and hundreds of injuries, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson here Sunday.

"The Secretary-General is highly alarmed by the excessive use of force employed by the security forces against protestors and calls for the transitional authorities to act with restraint and uphold human rights, including the right to peaceful protest," the statement said.

According to latest statistics from the Health Ministry of Egypt, the clashes between protesters and police in Cairo have left 10 people dead and 505 others injured.

Ban underlined the importance of an atmosphere of calm to support Egypt's electoral process as part of its transition to democracy and the early establishment of civilian rule, it said.

Egypt Sunday witnessed its third consecutive day of clashes between protestors and security forces that erupted in front of the cabinet and parliament buildings. Protestors tried to storm into the buildings, setting fire to cars and part of the buildings.

Twenty-four members of the security forces were injured after protestors hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at them in downtown Cairo Sunday.

The security forces were erecting a new barricade to prevent the protestors from reaching the ministry premises.

 
 
 
 
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