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One dead in Cairo police clash

17 July 2017, 04:48 | Erica Roy

Man dead, dozens wounded in Egypt raid on state land squatters

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

It said residents attacked the police with birdshot guns and rocks and the police responded with tear gas.

The Egyptian authorities said last month that they had retaken control of about 95,390 acres of public land.

On the other hand, the police said in a statement on Sunday that the clashes injured eight policemen, including two generals, besides 29 police conscripts and workers.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is spearheading a nationwide campaign to end illegal use of state land, with police and army troops have for weeks been daily demolishing buildings or commercial facilities illegally built or operating without license.

As well as one death, at least 19 residents and 37 police were injured in the clashes before the police were forced to withdraw to avoid further escalation of the situation. After the squatters succeeded in forcing the bulldozers to turn back, clashes quickly escalated and turned violent.

But as scores of policemen descended on the island early Sunday, backed by bulldozers, scores of riot policemen and senior police generals, the protesters shouted: "Get lost!"

In order to vacate the state-owned lands, the government has launched a program on demolition of illegal constructions. Some reports said up to 50 locals were injured.

Ten residents were arrested, it added.

Locals marched with Tafshan's body through the island's streets, chanting: "We will sacrifice the martyr with our soul and blood".

In Sinai, scene of a long running insurgency by Islamic militants, the military said its jet-fighters have blasted a vehicle laden with a "large amount" of explosives in the mountainous center of the mostly desert peninsula, killing four members of an "extremely risky terrorist cell" that was planning an attack.

The delegation also planned to study legalising some current land ownership on the island.

A man was killed and dozens others were wounded on Sunday in clashes between policemen and state-owned land squatters at a district in Giza near the capital Cairo, official statements and eyewitnesses said.

The local residents, many of whom are poor, believe there are plans to build a luxury resort on al-Warraq Island.

One of the Nile's largest islands in Egypt, it is home to almost 200,000 people and is linked to the mainland by six ferries. "It's our land and we are not leaving".

In a separate development, Egypt's military said its jet fighters destroyed 15 all-terrain vehicles carrying weapons and explosives along with "criminal elements" after they were detected getting ready to cross the Libyan border into Egypt.

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