Egypt troops in Cairo to calm clashes, 11 dead
Cairo, May 2, 2012
Egypt's army said on Wednesday it was deploying extra troops to control clashes that erupted at a protest near the Defence Ministry in Cairo, where medical and security sources said the death toll had risen to 11.
"Eight armoured personnel carriers from the military central zone entered the Abassiya area to disperse the fighting between protesters, and not to disperse the peaceful demonstrators.
However, protesters attacked the armed forces. The armed forces have orders to hold their ground," an army statement said.
The army said clashes had been contained. A Reuters witness said the situation on the ground had calmed. – Reuters
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