Egypt revolution anniversary fatalities rise to 11

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SHAFAQNA- At least 11 people have been killed across Egypt on Sunday during protests marking the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution, which ended the autocracy of longstanding President Hosni Mubarak.

In a statement, the Egyptian Health Ministry said 11 people were killed and 30 other people were injured.

A security source, meanwhile, told Anadolu Agency that 12 people had been killed in events marking the revolution anniversary in a number of Egyptian provinces.

Nevertheless, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main bloc backing ousted President Mohamed Morsi, said ten of its supporters were killed during clashes with policemen.

An alliance source told AA that one protester was killed in the northern coastal city of Alexandria; two in the Nile Delta province of Beheira; three in capital Cairo, and four in Giza province.

Four years to Sunday, thousands of Egyptians took to the streets and eventually descended on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to protest police brutality.

With many protesters killed and wounded by security forces, the demonstrations soon developed into a full-fledged popular uprising nationwide that demanded regime change.

Mubarak had to step down on Feb. 11 of the same year under public pressure, handing over power to the military.

A transitional phase ended with the election of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.

Morsi was removed by the military on July 3 of 2013 following mass demonstrations against his one-year rule.

His supporters, however, describe his removal as a military coup while others insist it was a popular military-backed uprising.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have since been killed or jailed amid a massive crackdown on dissent in general.

Source: middleeastmonitor.com

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