December 19, 2011 by staff
Violence Egypt, Downtown Cairo is a battlefield. The Egyptian military has all but declared war on the protesters after three consecutive days of fighting. According to medical sources, at least 13 people have been killed since Friday morning and over 700 injured, including over 200 Sunday night and Monday morning in fierce street battles.
Rock barricades now mark downtown Cairo streets, forcing traffic away from the iconic Tahrir Square and ensuring activists have less and less ground to battle against the police and military, which has pushed activists from the Cabinet building on Friday morning to Sheikh Rihan street just off the main square.
On Sunday evening, as the street lights went out above protesters, the police – the military had given way to the Central Security Forces (CSF) earlier in the day – fired tear gas, live ammunition and rubber bullets at the few hundred protesters tossing rocks.
Three soldiers were taken hostage by protesters late in the evening during the battles, but were released shortly after. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has said the soldiers are now receiving medical treatment at local hospitals.
The tension growing downtown is unmistakable. A group of activists, who told Bikyamasr.com they had been on the frontlines for the past three days, look exhausted.
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