Clashes enter fifth day in Kafr al-Sheikh; 25 injured

Clashes enter fifth day in Kafr al-Sheikh; 25 injured

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Fri, 01/02/2013 - 14:52

Clashes between protesters and police in Kafr al-Sheikh reignited for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday night, lasting until the early hours of Friday morning.

At least 25 demonstrators were reported injured from tear gas fired by security forces. Refusing to go to a public hospital for fear of arrest, they received first aid at a field hospital near the Kafr al-Sheikh Governorate headquarters.

Security sources say they arrested five demonstrators, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years, for throwing rocks at the police.

Over the past week, the prosecution has detained 31 demonstrators in Kafr al-Sheikh and the nearby city of Desouk, holding them for 15 days pending investigations. The detainees are accused of assaulting security forces and attempting to storm a police station, a court and governorate headquarters.

The clashes were ignited during demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood that swept the country after the second anniversary of the revolution on 25 January. At least 53 have been killed and nearly 2,000 injured nationwide in the past week.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm