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Riot police deployed after Egypt palace clashes

Published on Feb 2, 2013 10:06 PM
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Policemen stand guard in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013. Egyptian riot police were deployed on Saturday near President Mohamed Mursi's palace as his administration rushed to contain fallout from footage of police beating a naked man during deadly overnight clashes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian riot police were deployed on Saturday near President Mohamed Morsi's palace as his administration rushed to contain fallout from footage of police beating a naked man during deadly overnight clashes.

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, protesters stoned Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's motorcade when the premier tried to visit after separate overnight clashes nearby between protesters and police, Egypt's Dream Live television channel reported.

A 23-year-old was shot dead in late Friday's clashes as police used birdshot and tear gas on demonstrators who targeted the northern Cairo palace in rallies against the Islamist president, a senior medical official said.

Ninety-one people were also injured, the official added, while the interior ministry reported 15 of its men wounded by birdshot.

 
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