Egypt: Protesters fill streets following soccer violence
last update: February 03, 12:25
Cairo, 3 Feb. (AKI) - At least two have been killed and hundreds injured during riots throughout Egypt following the violence at a soccer match that killed 74 people.
Police trying to disperse rioters in the city of Suez shot dead two people, according to news reports. In Cairo police fired birdshot and teargas into crowds, the Associated Press reported. Almost 1,700 were injured, the Egyptian Health Ministry said.
The overnight protests continued into Friday following Wednesday's soccer riot after the game between Cairo's Al-Ahly team and the Al-Masry team.
Police are blamed for not keeping the rival teams' fans apart after the home Al-Masry team beat Cairo's Al-Ahly team 3-1. In clashes, fans were reported to have attacked each other with chairs and knives. A number of victims were tossed to their deaths from the stadium bleachers.
Fans from the rival teams filled the streets, but the anger at one another was refocused on Egyptian security forces when large crowds protested in front of the Interior Ministry in Cairo.
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