New clashes during funeral in Egypt

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SDHAKA (12janu) : hots were fired and security forces used tear gas during a funeral in the Egyptian city of Port Said for people killed in clashes triggered by death sentences for supporters of a local football team.

Egyptian troops were sent to the city on Saturday to quell the unrest.

According to Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh reporting from Port Said the atmosphere was tense at the funeral march, with thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans.

A series of violent clashes continued across Egypt for a third day between protesters and riot police, after thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

Clashes began after a Cairo court handed out 21 death sentences in connection with last year’s deadly football riots in Port Said.

A US embassy spokesman in Cairo announced that the US embassy has suspended all its services and activities with the public, including issuing visas, due to ongoing clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces near Tahrir Square.

Security forces also fired teargas at protesters in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig to stop fighting between pro- and anti-government groups.

And in Suez, demonstrators set fire to a police station, expressing frustration with Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian president, who they say failed to deliver on his economic promises.

Anwar, head of News

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