26 January 2013

Egypt: Deadly Clashes Follow Soccer Riot Verdict

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Cairo — At least 30 people died Saturday in Port Said, officials say, in clashes sparked by the sentencing to death of 21 local people over football riots in Egypt.

Two soccer players are among the killed, according to director of hospitals in the Mediterranean city.

Dr. Abdel-Raham Farah says Mahmoud Abdel-Halim al-Dizawi, a soccer player in Port Said's Al-Marikh club, was shot three times and died.

He says Tamer al-Fahla, a soccer player who used to play for the city's main Al-Masry team, was also shot dead on his way to Al-Marikh club, which is located near the prison.

Supporters of the 21 defendants, sentenced over riots which killed 74 people after a football game at Port Said stadium last February, tried to storm the prison holding them and attacked police stations.

Security officials say most were killed in assaults on the governor's office, courthouse and prison after the sentence was handed down. They say two policemen also were shot to death outside the city's main prison.

Saturday's violence follows a day of unrest on the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

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