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Egypt: Nearly 50 killed on third anniversary of 2011 uprising

Cairo: Nearly 50 people have been killed in deadly violence during rival rallies in Egypt as the Arab nation marked the anniversary of the 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni
PTI January 26, 2014 16:58 IST
PTI
Cairo: Nearly 50 people have been killed in deadly violence during rival rallies in Egypt as the Arab nation marked the anniversary of the 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.  

Rival demonstrations of supporters and opponents of the military-backed government took place in Cairo yesterday.  

But police quelled anti-government protests, and arrests were reported in Cairo and Alexandria as violence broke out.  

Forty-nine people were killed, the ministry said, in 24 hours of fighting across Egypt as police and supporters of the military-installed government clashed with Islamist backers of President Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in July after a single turbulent year in power.

Most of the deaths were in Cairo and its suburbs, and others in Alexandria and Minya, while 247 were injured, the health ministry said today.

Hundreds have died since July when the army deposed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president of the Muslim Brotherhood.