Cairo: Four people had died in Egypt by early Sunday morning after a day of clashes between police and protesters, amid growing opposition to the ruling military council.
The Egyptian cabinet planned an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the developments, officials said. The government described the violence as “a dangerous issue that directly affects the course of the country and the revolution.”
In central Cairo, security forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and shotguns on Saturday to prevent protesters from staging a sit-in against the Supreme Council of the armed Forces.
By the early hours of Sunday, riot police were fighting thousands of people to force them out of Tahrir square, the scene of the tumultuous demonstrations that drove former president Hosny Mubarak from office.
The Health Ministry said that a 23-year-old man was killed and 750 people were injured. Protesters threw stones at riot police and chanted slogans against the
Interior Ministry and the military, activists said.
As clashes in Cairo intensified, thousands took to the streets in other provinces across Egypt.
Witnesses told state-run Al Ahram newspaper that two protesters were killed in the
early hours of Sunday in the northern coastal city of Alexandria when snipers fired live ammunition at demonstrators.
Al Ahram reported on its website that police forces were also throwing tear gas canisters at protesters who gathered in front of the Security Directorate of