Security source: Number detained in Mohamed Mahmoud clashes at 348

Security source: Number detained in Mohamed Mahmoud clashes at 348

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Tue, 27/11/2012 - 15:36

The number of people arrested since the beginning of clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street last week has now reached 348, according to a security source in Cairo.

The source added that 216 policemen have also been injured, claiming 26 were injured by birdshot.

Prosecutors have decided to hold 109 suspects, while releasing 165 others and turning over 74 juveniles to their families.

Those still being held have been accused by prosecutors of assaulting security services personnel and damaging public installations.

Clashes broke out 19 November between protesters and security forces during a commemoration of similar clashes that took place in November, 2011 when security forces forcibly clear Tahrir Square of demonstrators protesting against the formerly ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces. At least 40 people were killed in the clashes.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm