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26.01.2013 Egypt

Death toll in Port Said clashes now 16: Egypt officials

By AFP
People protest in Egypt's Port Said on January 26, 2013 after a court in Cairo sentenced 21 people to death.  By  (AFP)
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People protest in Egypt's Port Said on January 26, 2013 after a court in Cairo sentenced 21 people to death. By (AFP)

CAIRO (AFP) - The death toll in clashes in Egypt's canal city of Port Said on Saturday reached 16, governorate officials said, as fighting raged following death sentences handed down in the country's worst football violence.

"The death toll has increased to 16 and there are 176 injured," said Helmi al-Ifni, head of health services at the governorate.

Two policemen were among those killed, the interior ministry said in a separate statement, adding that there were "many critical injuries among police forces."

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