Death toll in latest Egypt clashes rises to 17Associated Press . Cairo
The death toll from the latest violent clashes in Egypt between Islamist protesters and security forces has risen to 17, a security official said on Saturday.
Friday’s protests were the deadliest in months, coming less than two weeks ahead of a key referendum on an amended constitution.
Raging street battled gripped Cairo and other heavily populated residential areas in several cities and provinces such as Alexandria, Ismailia, Fayoum and Minya. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and their supporters threw fire bombs and rocks at security forces who responded with water cannons and tear gas.
Health Ministry spokesman Mohammed Fathallah said 62 people were injured in Friday’s violence.
The security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said police arrested 258 protesters and confiscated homemade bombs, firearms, knives, fireworks and Molotov cocktails.
Among the security forces, 17 were injured in the clashes, and three police vehicles and a traffic office in Cairo’s twin city of Alexandria were set on fire, he said.
The streets were mostly calm on Saturday and interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim warned that the police ‘will not tolerate assaults on the safety of Egypt’s citizens.’
‘The security apparatus will not leave Egypt hostage in the hands of the outlaws,’ he said during a visit to a security training headquarters.
Street protests have been a regular event across the country since the military ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, in a July 3 coup after millions of anti-Islamist protesters demonstrated to demand his resignation.
Morsi’s supporters have taken to the streets to demand his reinstatement and the new military-backed authorities have responded with a crackdown. Hundreds of Brotherhood members were killed when authorities broke up their protest camps, thousands have been arrested and scores were sent to trial.
Egypt summons Qatar envoy amid row over Brotherhood
Egypt’s foreign ministry said it summoned Qatar’s ambassador on Saturday in protest at Doha’s criticism of the military-installed government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, AFP reported.
Qatar was a main regional backer of the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president toppled by the military in July.
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