Egypt Independent

Renewed Port Said clashes leave 35 injured

Clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Port Said Thursday left 35 people injured, including two who sustained injuries from live bullets, Health Ministry Undersecretary Helmy al-Afny said.

He said 13 sustained injuries from birdshot, and 20 experienced tear gas inhalation.

Unrest in the Suez Canal city continued with renewed clashes Thursday evening after a short hiatus, state news agency MENA reported. The clashes began when boys threw stones at security forces.

The violence broke out Sunday after the Interior Ministry announced a decision to transfer defendants in the Port Said football violence case to a prison outside the city, ahead of a final ruling set for Saturday.

The defendants are accused of killing 72 football fans after a match in February last year. In a previous verdict, the court sentenced 21 defendants to death, causing outrage among many Port Said residents.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm