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Military kills six Egyptian protesters

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 15:13:58 GMT
The death toll from a security crackdown on Egyptian protesters in Cairo's Liberation Square has risen to six after some seriously injured people died in hospitals.

Troops and police used taser guns and batons to disperse several thousands of protesters who had camped out in the square overnight, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

Witnesses say sounds of gunshots rang out across the square in central Cairo.

Egyptian protesters defied pressure from soldiers who tried to disperse them. The protesters have vowed to continue demonstrating.

Earlier reports said two people were killed and 18 others wounded. However, medical sources now say the death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are in critical condition.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered to demand the prosecution of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and other leading figures of his regime.

Protesters also marched to the Israel's embassy in Cairo with plans to fly the Palestinian flag over the compound. This led to clashes erupting outside the Israeli embassy.

Egyptian protesters have reportedly retaken Cairo's Liberation Square, hours after security forces attempted to disperse them.

Thousands more joined the protesters in the historic square on Saturday. They demanded that the country's military rulers hand over power to a civilian government.

The development comes two months after a historic revolution ousted former president Mubarak.

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