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Thousands gather in Tahrir Square on Egypt anniversary

Anti-government protesters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood throw stones near Tahrir Square in clashes with army supporters
Anti-government protesters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood throw stones near Tahrir Square in clashes with army supporters Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Anti-government supporters were involved in clashes with Egypt's army on the third anniversary of the popular uprising of 2011.

Supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold his posters in Tahrir square in Cairo
Supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold his posters in Tahrir square in Cairo Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Thousands of supporters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi gathered in Tahrir Square to mark the anniversary.

At least 25 die in Egypt protests on anniversary

At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and anti-government protesters said the health ministry, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising.

Supporters of Egypt's army and police gather at Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising
Supporters of Egypt's army and police gather at Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt's uprising Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Most of those killed were in Cairo, where fierce clashes erupted between largely Islamist protesters and security forces. At least three people were killed in Alexandria and the southern province of Minya.

Today marks the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that forced long time autocrat Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Rival rallies of those supporting the military-backed government gathered along with supporters of Mubarak's successor, Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was removed from office in July following mass protests against him.

Seven killed in anti-government protests in Egypt

Seven people have been killed in Egypt during anti-government marches - three years after the fall of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak.

Anti-government protesters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood flee after teargas were fired by riot police during clashes. Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Security forces used teargas and some fired automatic weapons in the air to try to prevent demonstrators opposed to the government reaching Tahrir Square.

Earlier a car bomb exploded near a police camp in the Egyptian city of Suez, security sources said.

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Explosion heard near police building in Suez

An explosion was heard near a police building in the Egyptian city of Suez today, according to reports on state TV.

The building was a camp for riot police in the city, which lies at the southern entrance to the Suez Canal.

One security source told Reuters that three attackers had planted a bomb and fled before the explosion.

Foreign Office advises tourists to stay indoors in Cairo

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice in light of recent bombings in Egypt surrounding the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising:

25 January is the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 revolution. A number of groups have called for demonstrations to mark the anniversary.

Protests and disruption to travel around the country are likely in the days before and after 25 January.

You are strongly advised to stay inside during this period in Cairo.

Across the country you are also advised to take particular care in the vicinity of government buildings, and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

Read the full advice here

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