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One dead, 56 injured in Nile island clashes between police and residents

One dead, 56 injured in Nile island clashes between police and residents

Egypt

One Nile island resident has died during clashes between police and residents that erupted when security forces tried to demolish illegal buildings in Cairo, on Sunday.

At the funeral of Syed Tafsha – the man who was killed, the bitter residents booed the Police angrily.

The ministry of Interior says violence broke out when Police arrived at al-Warraq island on Sunday morning, to remove encroachers from state-owned land.

At least 37 policemen and 19 residents were injured in the clashes before the Police withdrew to minimise losses.

At least 37 policemen and 19 residents were injured in the clashes before the Police withdrew to minimise losses.

Since May, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, has been campaigning for the demolition of structures illegally built on state-owned land.

According to a former member of parliament to Giza, about 90 thousand people live on the 1300-acres al-Warraq island.

Reuters

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