World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 62 people were killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and anti-coup protesters in Cairo and Giza on Saturday, including 58 who died of gunshots, an Egyptian forensic official has confirmed.
Hisham Abdel-Hamid, the spokesman for Egypt's forensic authority, told the private Al-Hayat satellite channel that 62 deaths were registered in Cairo and Giza, stopping short of giving an overall death toll of the violence that spread to several provinces of the country on Saturday.
He said 49 people were killed in the capital Cairo and 13 others were killed in the adjacent Giza province.
Abdel-Hamid said the most of the Cairo fatalities occurred in the northern area of Matariya where 26 people were killed.
He asserted that 58 of the victims died of gunshots.
Egyptian Interior Ministry officials were not immediately available to comment on the claim.
The Interior Ministry has repeatedly denied using live rounds in dispersing protests, insisting that its riot forces are equipped only with teargas and birdshot rifles.
Imam Youssef, a leading member of the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, had told AA that security forces had used "live ammunition to target peaceful protesters on the streets."
Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution, which ended the autocracy of longstanding president Hosni Mubarka in early 2011.
Earlier, the Health Ministry said 49 people were killed and 247 were injured in clashes between anti-coup protesters and security forces.
Egyptians pay last respect to Saturday victims
Egyptians have paid their last respects to loved ones killed on Saturday in clashes between anti-coup protesters and security forces nationwide.
In the eastern Cairo district of Ain Shams, the family and friends of Ahmed al-Simary, 50, accompanied him to his resting place.
The mourners shouted slogans against army chief Gen. Abdel-fattah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
The same happened in the southern Cairo district of Hilwan when mourners paid their last respect to Yasser Samir, 38.
After the funeral, the mourners staged a demonstration against the army-backed interim authorities.
In the coastal city of Alexandria, relatives and friends laid to rest Samia Abdullah, a student killed during a anti-coup march.
They shouted anti-Sisi slogans and demanded reparation.
Many flashed the now-famous, four-fingered Rabaa sign which commemorates the killing of hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi when security forces dispersed two sit-ins last August.
Funerals were also organized in the central Beni Sueif province and the southern Minya province.
Mourners shouted slogans against Sisi and security forces.Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2014, 13:59