Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cairo erupts in second day of violent clashes

Egypt's army launches assault on Tahrir Square, day after eight protesters killed in anti-military protest in capital.


"Egyptian soldiers with batons have charged into Tahrir Square, the focal point of anti-military demonstrations in the capital, on the second day of violent clashes with protesters.

The renewed fighting on Saturday came a day after eight people were killed and more than 300 others injured when soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside the parliament building, a short distance from Tahrir.

Soldiers reportedly fired into the air on Saturday as they pushed into the square, while thick black smoke filled the skies following the eruption of a fire in the area around Egypt's upper house of parliament.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Cairo, said several tents in the square that had been used by protesters had been also set alight...."

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