One Killed, 500 Wounded in Violent Cairo Clashes

By Haaretz Service

Published February 02, 2011.

Hundreds were wounded and one person was killed on Wednesday as several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attacked anti-government protesters in Cairo by throwing petrol bombs, wielding sticks and charging on horses and camels, as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.

In scenes of chaos and pitched fighting, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses.

A pro-government and supporter of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throws a molotov cocktail during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Tahrir Square, February 2, 2011.

Shots were heard fired in the air in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. It was not immediately clear where the shots came from.

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