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Egypt's military move in on Port Said riot

A riot sparked by an Egyptian court sentencing 21 people to death on charges related to one of the world's deadliest incidents of football violence, has killed 8 people.

The military have moved into streets around Port Said jail, the Mediterranean port city that is home to most of the defendants.

Die-hard soccer fans from both teams, known as Ultras, hold the police at least partially responsible for the Port Said deaths and criticize Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi for doing little to reform the force.


Port Said football riot: Timeline of events

Last year's Port Said football riot is the worst incident of football violence in Egypt and the deadliest worldwide since 1996. One player said it was "like a war."

More than 1000 people were injured and 74 people were killed after a match between Al-Masry, the home team in Port Said and Al-Ahly, Egypt's top team based in Cairo.

  • The violence began after the Port Said home team (Al-Masry) won the match 3-1
  • Al-Masry fans stormed the pitch, attacking rival Al-Ahly fans (from Cairo)
  • Authorities shut off the stadium lights, plunging it into darkness
  • In the exit corridor, the fleeing crowd pressed against a chained gate until it broke - many were crushed under the crowd of people trying to flee
  • Al-Ahly survivors said they were attacked, undressed, beat with iron bars and had the words "Port Said" carved into their bodies
  • Whilst there has long been bad blood between the two rival teams, many blamed police for failing to perform usual searches of weapons at the stadium, and witnesses described police standing by and doing nothing

Deadly clashes follow football sentences in Port Said

At least eight people, including two policemen, have died in violence that erupted following the death sentence verdicts handed down to 21 people for their role in a deadly football riot in February, 2012.

Supporters of the defendants attempted to storm the prison to free defendants and two police were shot dead. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd, killing six people.

Officials say the Egyptian military has moved into the city. General Ahmed Wasfi said:

"It has been decided to deploy some units to work for calm and stability and the protection of public establishment"

Report: 8 killed in Port Said clashes after death sentences

Fans of the defendants protest against the death sentences. Credit: RTV

Violence erupted in the city of Port Said after an Egyptian court handed down 21 death sentences in connection with the deadly riot that killed 74 people on February last year.

After the verdicts were handed down, the families of the defendants tried to storm the prison, and police used teargas to disperse them, according to Reuters.

There were reports of gunfire around the prison, and eight people have been killed, according to Reuters.

Protesters after the verdicts in Port Said. Credit: RTV

Report: Policemen shot dead outside Port Said prison

Two policemen have been shot dead outside a prison in Egypt's Port Said shortly after a court sentenced 21 people to death for taking part in the Port Said football disaster that killed 74 people in February 2012, according to Reuters.

Protesters had gathered at the prison where many of the defendants in the case were being held, and state media reported gunshots outside the jail.


Families cheer and cry as judge issues death penalty

The judge read his judgement out on live state TV, before making a speedy exit from the courtroom. Credit: RTV

Families of those killed in the Port Said football disaster in February last year cheered in court as 21 men accused of taking part in the violence were sentenced to death.

The judge said in his statement read live on state TV that he would announce the verdict for the remaining 52 defendants on March 9.

Families of some of the 74 people who died in the disaster reacted by wailing and cheering "God is great."

Among those on trial were nine security officials.

As is customary in Egypt, the death sentences will be sent to a top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for approval.

Families shouted "God is great" after the sentence was read out. Credit: RTV

Death sentences over Egypt's football violence

The riots, after a match between Port Said's Al-Masry and Cairo's Al-Ahly fans killed 74 people. Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to 21 people accused of taking part in football violence that killed 74 people and injured more than 1,000.

Last February 1, 2012, a deadly riot broke out between Port Said's Al-Masry fans and Cairo's Al-Ahly fans in Port Said stadium.

The incident was the world's deadliest football violence in 15 years.

Police react to chaos in Port Said city, were at least 1,000 were injured as rival fans clashed. Credit: Reuters
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