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egypt - Nov 19, 2011 - 23:18

Last modified: 19 Nov 2011 20:18

The Associated Press has published its first wrap story on today's violence in Tahrir Square. In it, Ghada Shahbender of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights says she heard a police officer give his troops orders to fire at protesters' heads. Many witnesses today have speculated that there must have been such an order, given the wounds they'e seen. Two men have undergone operations to repair eye wounds from being shot in the face.

From the AP:

Egyptian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed into Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday to dismantle a protest tent camp, setting off clashes that injured at least 507 people and raising tensions days before the first elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

The scenes of protesters fighting with black-clad police forces were reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that forced an end to Mubarak's rule in February. Hundreds of protesters fought back, hurling stones and setting an armored police vehicle ablaze.