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Violence mars Egypt’s anniversary celebrations

23 people were killed and 97 others injured in different parts of Egypt since Sunday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. January 25 marked the fourth anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which toppled former president Mubarak. Islamists staged protests in different parts of the country as they called on their supporters to revive “the revolution”. The violence marking the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted Mubarak prompted the government to extend the curfew in parts of the volatile North Sinai region for three more months.

On Sunday, a female activist was killed in downtown Cairo as security forces dispersed a demonstration, organised by the leftist Socialist Popular Alliance party (SPAP),to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the revolution. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a member of the SPAP, died of birdshot wound during the protest, the party said. The anniversary this year is the first under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who was the chief of the armed forces and played a leading role in ousting President Mohammed Morsi after an uprising against him in July, 2013 and has led a crackdown on his supporters that has left hundreds dead. Egypt has been gripped by violent unrest since Mubarak’s successor Morsi was overthrown by then army chief Sisi.
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