Egypt death toll climbs to 49
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Egypt death toll climbs to 49

Third anniversary of the country’s 2011 uprising sparks violent clashes between secular, Islamist camps

Egyptians wave national flags as they greet an army helicopter flying over Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptians wave national flags as they greet an army helicopter flying over Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO — Egyptian officials say the death toll from clashes between security forces and protesters on the third anniversary of the country’s 2011 uprising has risen to 49.

The Health Ministry, quoted by the official MENA news agency on Sunday, said another 247 were wounded. The agency quotes the Interior Ministry as saying 1,079 were arrested.

Security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Pro-army civilians joined the police in some of the clashes.

Meanwhile in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising, giant crowds at government-backed rallies demanded army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi run for president.

Officials on Saturday had put the death toll at 29.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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