The Associated Press
Egyptian anti-government protesters throw stones during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt on Thursday. New clashes are heating up again and shots are being fired in the air around Cairo’s central Tahrir Square as anti-government protesters push back regime supporters. The two sides are trading volleys of stone-throwing, but government backers are falling back and protesters are swarming onto a highway overpass from which their rivals had pelted them with stones and firebombs overnight.
CAIRO (AP) - U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says at least 297 people have been killed since Egypt’s anti-government uprising began two weeks ago.
The revolt against President Hosni Mubarak erupted Jan. 25 and brought days of fierce clashes with police and intense battles with violent pro-Mubarak gangs.
The violence has spread to other parts of Egypt and the toll includes a significant number of deaths outside the capital, Cairo.
Human Rights Watch told the Associated Press Monday its count is based on visits to seven hospitals in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.
Cairo Researcher Heba Morayef says the toll is expected to rise.
Egypt’s Health Ministry has not given any comprehensive figures on the death toll.
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