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Night Riots in Egypt Leave 3 Dead, up to 1,700 Injured

RIA Novosti

15:06 03/02/2012 CAIRO, February 3 (RIA Novosti) - Three people were killed and 1,690 injured in nighttime clashes between demonstrators and police, following a deadly riot after a football match in Port Said, the Egyptian Health Ministry said on Friday.

At least two people have been killed in the Egyptian city of Suez, one was killed in Cairo. At least 1,690 people, both demonstrators and police, were wounded.

Thousands of hardcore football fans, known as Ultras, as well as various political movements marched on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Thursday to protest against what they called police negligence during Wednesday's football disaster that left more than 70 people dead and up to 300 injured.

Thursday's clashes broke out when a group of several hundred protesters marched from the square to the nearby Interior Ministry headquarters, chanting slogans against police and the country’s military rulers.

Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters who attempted to storm the ministry building, hurled stones at security officers and set fire to several cars and trees, state television said.

The protests took place as Egypt announced a national three-day mourning period following the riot after a football match broke out when thousands of fans rushed onto the field after their home team, Port Said Al-Masry, defeated Al-Ahly, one of Egypt’s top clubs from Cairo, 3-1 on Wednesday night.

By the early hours of Friday, a crowd of several thousand protesters gathered in front of the Interior Ministry building, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene. Additional police units have been deployed to the site, although no fresh clashes have been reported.

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