Middle East

Death toll in Egypt protests rises to 5 killed

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammad Morsi stand behind smoke from burning debris set fire during clashes with security forces on a street in the Matariya neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, El Shorouk Newspaper)

CAIRO: An Egyptian health official says the death toll from violence during protests by supporters of the country's ousted president has risen to five people killed during clashes on the anniversary of the dispersal of two Cairo sit-ins.

Emergency services chief Mohammad Sultan said Saturday that the five had been killed in the capital the day before. He said the violence left 34 people wounded.

This raises the death toll from two days of clashes during small, scattered protests to nine people. The demonstrations come on the one-year anniversary of the Aug.14 break-up of two protest camps by supporters of toppled President Mohammad Morsi, killing hundreds.

Morsi supporters have been demonstrating since his ouster last summer. Their numbers, however, have sharply decreased amid a security crackdown that left tens of thousands detained.





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