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Several injured in Mahalla clashes

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Several injured in Mahalla clashes

Three people who suffered birdshot wounds and suffered breathing problems were admitted to Mahalla Public Hospital following clashes that broke out between protesters and security forces around a Mahalla police station,a medical source at the Health Department in Gharbiya said.

Meanwhile, police said six people were arrested for hurling Molotovs.

Central Security Forces had on Saturday repelled four attempts to break into a Mahalla police station and fired heavy tear gas to disperse the protesters. Clashes continued overnight.

The same source said a police assistant was also admitted to the hospital after being assaulted by 'thugs' while riding in a police car.

Twelve people have so far been arrested in Mahalla, six on Friday and another six on Saturday.

The clashes first broke out between security forces and the protesters after the funeral of a child named Mahmoud Mohammed al-Saeed, 15, who was run over by a private car while running from clashes that erupted on the “checkmate” protests staged on Friday to call for the departure of President Mohamed Morsy.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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