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Clashes erupt near Egyptian president's home

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Reuters

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL

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Clashes broke out in Zagazig, north of the Egyptian capital Cairo, in the area of the President's home, on Friday (February 8).

The demonstrators threw rocks at police, who fired teargas back.

At least 126 people were hurt in unrest in various provinces, state media said, while two officers and three soldiers of the Republican Guard were wounded in clashes.

Protests erupted last month over what demonstrators saw as Mursi's attempts to monopolise power as well as wider political and economic grievances.

The main opposition alliance signed an agreement with the ruling Muslim Brotherhood last week rejecting violence and had not officially called for marches on Friday, although some of the alliance's younger members called for protests.

While the number of protesters has dwindled, distrust of Mursi and the Brotherhood and a sense of political and economic malaise have continued to bring people into the streets.

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