March 9th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

2 dead in Egypt protests after verdict upheld

Two people were killed and at least 15 injured Saturday in Cairo, officials said, as Egyptians in two rival cities took to the streets to vent their anger over court verdicts in a controversial case involving deadly riots at a soccer game last year.

Health Ministry spokesman Ahmed Osman said one protester had been killed in violence outside the Semiramis Intercontinental hotel in downtown Cairo. He later confirmed a second death.

Five others have been injured in the clashes by the hotel, he said. Another 10 are suffering smoke inhalation.

A fire gutted the three-story building housing the Egyptian Football Association in a wealthy Cairo neighborhood, as soccer fans looked on. Next door, an exclusive club for policemen was also ablaze.

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  1. banasy©

    So protesters protesting the violence died protesting? Sigh.

    March 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I protest that.

    March 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    They sure do like to kill people ALOT over there dont they?

    March 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |