Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

27 January 2013

Egypt: Army Says Did Not Fire Live Shots At Port Said Civilians

Egypt's official army spokesman said on Sunday that the armed forces did not fire live shots at civilians in Port Said, insisting that their role is limited to securing strategic and active targets.

"The armed forces did not fire live shots at protesters and no one fell victim due to army bullets," the spokesman said in a statement on the army's official Facebook page.

Security forces had reported that at least 30 people were killed in violence that erupted in Port Said after a court sentenced 21 defendants to death for their involvement in violent riots that happened last year.

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