Security forces, protesters clash near Interior Ministry

Security forces, protesters clash near Interior Ministry

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Sat, 26/01/2013 - 17:30

Clashes have erupted between protesters and security forces near the Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo.

Protesters hurled stones at troops on Nubar and Youssef al-Guindy streets, and security forces fired tear gas in response, while two armored vehicles followed protesters on Nubar Street to disperse demonstrators at the Interior Ministry. The clashes mainly took place on Sheikh Rehan and Youssef al-Guindy streets.

Several policemen went to the top of an old building to fire tear gas and hurl stones at protesters. Meanwhile, dozens of protesters stood on top of the concrete wall separating Tahrir Square and Sheikh Rehan Square to hurl stones at policemen.

Other protesters threw Molotov cocktails at buildings near the ministry headquarters, setting one building on fire.

Hundreds of Ultras Ahlawy fans also gathered at the American University in Cairo downtown campus to celebrate the ruling issued against defendants convicted of involvement in the Port Said football violence in February, in which 72 Ahly fans died.