At least 20 injured in Cairo clashes
At least 20 people were injured Friday when anti-military protesters clashed with soldiers guarding the Defence Ministry in Cairo, according to witnesses, dpa reported.
The forces used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse the stone-throwing protesters as they tried to approach the ministry's headquarters in the district of Al Abassiya in eastern Cairo, witnesses said.
The military police forcibly removed tents of demonstrators who have camped in the area since Saturday, they said.
Nine civilians were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday when demonstrators, demanding an end to military rule, were attacked in Al Abassiya by unknown assailants, according to government figures.
The violence, the latest in a tough transitional period, comes less than three weeks before presidential elections, Egypt's first since a popular revolt removed Hosny Mubarak from power in February 2011.
The junta that followed Mubarak has repeatedly pledged to transfer power to an elected civilian authority by the end of June.