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Saturday, January 26, 2013

30 dead, army deployed in Egypt as riot flares up in Port Said after stadium stampede death sentences (PHOTOS) — RT

30 people have been killed, including two policemen, and more than 300 injured during a riot in Egypt’s Port Said. The army has since been deployed, where a crowd attempted to storm a prison after death sentences were handed out for a past riot.
The deadly assault follows the sentencing of 21 people to death for the riot and stampede in Port Said in which dozens were killed last February.
As the verdict was issued in Port Said, the families of the condemned attempted to storm the city prison, Egyptian state TV reported. Several sources reported that automatic rifles using live ammunition have been shot from the crowd at the scene.
Two police officers were gunned down outside the prison. There are also reports of two football players among 28 civilian deaths in the riots, according to AP.
The director of hospitals in the city, Dr Abdel Raham Farah, says Mahmoud Abdel-Halim al-Dizawi, a footballer, who plays for Port Said's Al-Marikh club, was shot three times and died.
He says Tamer al-Fahla, a former player for the city's main team Al-Masry, was also shot dead on his way to the rival Al-Marikh club.
The club is near a prison residents tried to storm Saturday to free defendants in the soccer stadium riot trial. The military has been deployed to try and restore security.
Security forces had to fire teargas to disperse the crowd, mainly family members, trying to break into the prison with rocks and firearms.
A police station was torched and a minibus that belonged to one of the media channels was set on fire.
Protesters are currently surrounding the morgue.

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