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02 March 2024

Three dead, 100 wounded in south Egypt clash: official

Pictures of Egyptians anti-government protesters killed in clashes with police and pro-government forces are on display as people continue with their protests and sit in for the 16th consecutive day in Cairo's Tahrir square. (AFP)


At least three people died and 100 were wounded in two days of clashes between police and political demonstrators in a town in southern Egypt's New Valley region, a security official told AFP on Wednesday.

Police fired live rounds Tuesday when local people rioted in the oasis town of El Khargo, more than 400 kilometres (240 miles) south of Cairo, the official said.

Scores were wounded and three people died of their injuries on Wednesday.

The furious mob responded by burning seven official buildings, including two police stations and a police barracks, a court house and the local headquarters of President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.