Man killed in Egypt raid on Nile is­land squat­ters

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Cairo, Egypt - One per­son was killed and 56 peo­ple were in­jured in clashes on Sun­day as se­cu­rity forces tried to evict squat­ters from a Nile is­land, the gov­ern­ment and wit­nesses said.

The in­ci­dent on War­raq is­land in Cairo came amid a gov­ern­ment cam­paign to re­move en­croach­ments from state prop­erty and land, an In­te­rior Min­istry state­ment said.

A Health Min­istry state­ment said one man was killed and 19 peo­ple were in­jured, and the In­te­rior Min­istry said 37 po­lice­men and evic­tion work­ers were hurt in the clashes.

A large force that had headed to the is­land was met by ‘some of the en­croach­ers who gath­ered to protest against the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­moval or­ders,’ the In­te­rior Min­istry said.

The po­lice ar­rested ten peo­ple, the Min­istry said.

It said pro­test­ers fired bird- shot and threw stones at of­fi­cers, prompt­ing po­lice to use tear gas to dis­perse them.

The force was ac­com­pa­ny­ing ‘a large num­ber of se­nior of­fi­cials from Giza prov­ince (part of Greater Cairo) and the min­istries of agri­cul­ture, ir­ri­ga­tion and re­li­gious en­dow­ments’ which own land on War­raq, the In­te­rior Min­istry said.

It said Sun­day’s op­er­a­tion in­volved about 700 re­moval or­ders.

The del­e­ga­tion also planned to study le­gal­is­ing some cur­rent land own­er­ship on the is­land.

Wit­nesses in­clud­ing a for­mer head of the is­land’s mu­nic­i­pal­ity told AFP they had not re­ceived ad­vance warn­ing about the move.

In May, Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al Sisi or­dered a cam­paign to re­cover state-owned land which had been encroached upon.

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