One Killed, 500 Wounded in Violent Cairo Clashes

By Haaretz Service

Published February 02, 2011.
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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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