MAN DEAD, DOZENS WOUNDED IN EGYPT’S RAID ON STATE LAND SQUATTERS

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

“A citizen was killed and 19 other civilians were injured, in clashes between residents and policemen, during a campaign to remove the encroachments on state-owned lands at Giza’s Warraq island, in the Nile River,” the Health Ministry said.

The ministry sent 15 ambulances to the scene, that took the injured to nearby hospitals, while the dead man’s body was taken to the morgue of Warraq public hospital.

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

The campaign was meant to carry out about 700 encroachment removals and to study legalising the situations of some other lands on the island.

The police said, they were attacked by squatters, some carrying guns and bird hunting rifles and others throwing stones, “which led the forces to fire tear gas to disperse the crowds.”

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, ordered in May, a nationwide campaign, to recover encroached state-owned lands, and the government since then restored control over massive areas of them.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK