Death toll rises to 5 in Egypt's Port Said clashes

AP News
Posted: Mar 04, 2013 5:47 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Medical officials say a fifth Egyptian has died of injuries suffered during street battles in the restive Suez Canal city of Port Said, the latest violence that continues to plague the nation.

Health ministry spokesman Yehia Moussa told the state news agency on Monday that an Egyptian civilian had died following clashes between protesters and police that raged all day Sunday. The fighting also left two policemen and two other civilians dead.

Mohammed Sultan, head of emergency medical services, says more than 500 people were injured, including 16 shot with live ammunition and 27 hit with bird shot.

The military intervened to break up the clashes, the first such intervention by the army since the military was deployed in Port Said in late January.