November 21st, 2011
03:56 AM ET

Casualties mount from protests in Egypt

The number of people wounded in two days of clashes in Egypt has reached 1,700, a health ministry spokesman said Monday.

In addition, 20 people have died, including 10 on Sunday in confrontations between protesters and security forces in Cairo.

Doctors at Cairo's Tahrir Square said injuries include gunshot wounds, excessive tear gas inhalations and beatings to the head.

"I have received many people suffering of convulsions," said Tarek Salama a medic in a makeshift hospital in Tahrir Square. "Lots of gunshot wounds from rubber and bird shots. And I have seen two cases who have been hit with actual live bullets."

Tahrir Square - once a center of euphoria following the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak in February - continues to be a major flashpoint for the unrest.

"People here feel that they have been cheated and that they have moved from an autocracy to a military dictatorship," protester Mosa'ab Elshamy said. "So they are back to the square - back to square one - to ask for their rights once again."

Egypt's parliamentary elections are set to take place November 28. But demonstrators are upset about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military's budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They worry that the military would be shaped as a state within a state.

Mohamed Higazi, a spokesman for the prime minister's office, said the government will continue dialogue on reaching a constitution that ensures the election of a civilian government.

The military said it wants to transfer power to a civilian parliament and president, but many citizens are dissatisfied with the pace of the transition and the resolve of the military rulers.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    What did we have a revolution for?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. leeintulsa

    Technicly, you're still having it..

    November 21, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©


    November 21, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joseph McCarthy

    What Egypt needs now is a Communist Revolution for the good of the people. The current economic conditions there clearly shows the failure of Capitalism along with a right-wing dictatorship. When the Israelis occupied the Sinai Peninsula, they established Kibutses there which were later abandonned when it was returned to Egypt in 1982. Today, that land remains idle while the people in Egypt go hungry. This is senseless to say the least!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bigwilliestyles

    Military juntas never work. If you remove the civilian 'cover' from a police state, you haven't changed a thing. It all has to go.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Andreas Moser

    Capitalism along with a right-wing dictatorship. When the Israelis occupied the Sinai Peninsula, they established Kibutses there which were later abandonned

    November 22, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

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