Five killed in clashes in Egypt's Port Said

Five killed in clashes in Egypt's Port Said

Five people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in the restive north-eastern city of Port Said, state television reported Monday.

Two policemen were among those killed, the Interior Ministry reported. They were killed near the Security Department in the coastal city by gunshots to the head and neck. The identities of the shooters was unknown, dpa reported.

More than 560 people were injured in clashes that erupted Sunday when authorities transferred a group of prisoners to a different facility. The prisoners are awaiting a verdict on charges related to their alleged involvement in a deadly football riot last year.

A court is expected on Saturday to hand down rulings for 52 defendants involved in last year's riot in Port Said stadium, which left 74 dead.

In January, a court sentenced 21 people to death in the case. The ruling sparked clashes in the city, leaving some 40 people dead.

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