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Nearly 50 killed on third anniversary of Egypt revolt
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Egypt99(14).jpgNearly 50 people were killed in weekend clashes that erupted during rival rallies marking the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 that toppled Hosni Mubarak, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
 
Three years after Egyptians rose up to demand the overthrow of Mubarak, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday chanted slogans backing another military man, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as police clashed with Islamists and activists elsewhere.
 
According to Reuters, forty-nine people were killed in 24 hours of fighting across Egypt as police and supporters of the military-installed government clashed with Islamist backers of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in July after a single turbulent year in power.
 
Of the 49 people killed, most died in Cairo and its suburbs, and others in Alexandria and Minya, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, adding that 247 people were injured.
 
The Interior Ministry said 1,079 "rioters" were arrested.
 

Egypt to hold presidential vote first: Mansour
 
Meanwhile, Egypt's interim president said he is amending the country's transitional plan to allow for presidential elections before parliamentary polls.
 
According to Egypt's new constitution, the presidential vote is to be held before the second half of April.
 
In a televised speech Sunday, Adly Mansour said he will ask the election commission to open the door for candidates to register as stipulated in the constitution adopted earlier this month.
 
On Sunday, three soldiers were killed and nine wounded when gunmen attacked a military bus that was traveling in the Sinai Peninsula, security sources said.
 
Security forces have waged a bloody crackdown since Morsi's overthrow in which at least 1,000 people have been killed and thousands of Islamists arrested, including virtually all top leaders of the Brotherhood. Morsi has also been jailed.
 
After an attack on a police building in December, also claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the authorities declared the Brotherhood a "terrorist organization", making even expressions of verbal support punishable by heavy prison sentences.
 
Amnesty International said there has been "state violence on an unprecedented scale over the last seven months."

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