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49 dead in 24 hours of clashes on Egypt revolt anniversary

Riot police are seen on October bridge during clashes with anti-government protesters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, on Jan 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Riot police are seen on October bridge during clashes with anti-government protesters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, on Jan 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of Egypt's army and police gather at Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, on Jan 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of Egypt's army and police gather at Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, on Jan 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry an injured demonstrator who was shot during clashes in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, Jan 25, 2014. At least 49 people have been killed in 24
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry an injured demonstrator who was shot during clashes in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising, Jan 25, 2014. At least 49 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes that erupted on Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, during rival rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolt, the health ministry said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - At least 49 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes that erupted on Saturday during rival rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolt, the health ministry said.

In addition, 247 people were injured, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The interior ministry said for its part that 1,079 people had been arrested during the demonstrations that came three years after the start of the uprising that forced long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak to quit.

The clashes broke out between protesters who support deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and those backing the military, which ousted him in July after a single turbulent year in power.

Security forces have since waged a bloody crackdown in which at least 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of Islamists arrested, including virtually all top leaders of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Mursi has also been jailed.