Lethal clashes in Port Said over Egypt death sentences

Lethal clashes in Port Said over Egypt death sentences

At least 30 people have been killed and 250 injured in Port Said during riots sparked by a court’s sentencing of 21 people to death on charges related to violent clashes between rival football fans last year.The Egyptian army has deployed armoured personnel carriers in the coastal city after furious relatives and fans of the local Al Masry football team attacked a police station and a prison in an attempt to free some of those condemned.The death sentences, which were announced live on television, relate to clashes in Port Said on 1 February 2012 after Cairo’s Al Ahly beat the local team. Al Masry supporters attacked Al Ahly fans, causing a stampede for the exits. The police did not intervene in the violence except to switch off the stadium lights, and in the confusion the Cairo fans were crushed as crowds pushed against a locked gate which gave way under the pressure. Seventy-four people were killed. Gaurdian/Reuters

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