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Death Toll in Cairo Clashes Rises to Eleven

RIA Novosti

16:55 02/05/2012 CAIRO, May 2 (RIA Novosti) - At least eleven people were killed and dozens were injured on Wednesday during riots outside the Defense Ministry in the center of Cairo, Egypt’s state-run TV reported.

The clashes, which killed eleven people, stopped only after the police and national army were deployed, according to the report.

The Egyptian Health Ministry said there were six victims.

The clashes came amid preparations for the first round of presidential elections scheduled for May 23-24.

Cairo’s Abbasiyah area, where the Defense Ministry building is located, has for several days been at the epicenter of clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist politician Hazem Salah Abu Ismael, who was excluded from the presidential race.

The clashes began when a group of unidentified men attacked supporters of Ismael who have been holding a long-running protest outside the Egyptian the Defense Ministry. The attackers threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the demonstrators.

One of the main demands of the protesters is the speedy transfer of power from military to civilian rule.

State power has been in the hands of the Military Council since long-serving president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February 2011.

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