Two police officers were shot dead as they fended off attempts to storm police stations in Minya governorate on Wednesday, a security source in Minya said. (Also see: Mohamed Morsi Protests Crackdown: A Timeline)

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The police officers are Colonel Mostafa al-Attar and Captain Hossam Yasser. Supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi barged into and torched a number of police stations in Minya, the source told Aswat Masriya. Police forces arrested a Palestinian with a hand grenade in his possession, the source added. The Palestinian is suspected of belonging to Hamas movement. Medical sources at Minya’s health headquarters stated that the clashes toll in the governorate rose to 25 dead and 197 injured.

15 dead, 203 injured in operation to clear out Cairo sit-ins

Egypt’s Health Ministry said that 15 people were killed and 203 were injured in clashes that erupted as police forces cleared out Mohamed Morsi’s two sit-ins in Cairo on Wednesday, Nile News channel reported.

The ministry’s official spokesman announced earlier that six were killed, including two policemen, and 53 were injured.

Security forces launched a crackdown early Wednesday morning on the Mohamed Morsi supporters’ sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares.

On the other hand, three people were killed and 34 were injured in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during their attempts to storm six police stations in Minya governorate, said the head of the ambulance authority in Minya.

Mohamed Morsi protesters set fire to church, two armored vehicles in Suez

Hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi have set fire to the Good Shepherd Church, the Franciscan School and two armored military vehicles in Suez, according to Aswat Masriya’s local reporter.

The Mohamed Morsi loyalists also clashed with the security forces on Wednesday, protesting against the crackdown on the Mohamed Morsi supporters’ protest camps in Cairo earlier today.

The protesters pelted stones at the police and the army who responded by firing teargas bombs. Employees at government facilities were officially asked to leave early on account of these confrontations.

An eyewitness told Aswat Masriya that the Mohamed Morsi protesters have also blocked a highway that links the cities of Suez and Ismalia.

Two killed, 20 injured in clashes at Aswan governorate HQ

Two people were killed and 20 others were injured in clashes that broke out between former president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters and security forces at Aswan governorate’s headquarters on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Mohamed Morsi supporters torched five security vehicles in front of the building earlier today. The Mohamed Morsi supporters assaulted several conscripts and seized a teargas-firing gun, an Aswat Masriya witness said. Security forces fired teargas at the Mohamed Morsi supporters after attempts to convince them of breaking up their protest failed.

The demonstrators rallied and marched to the governorate headquarters in protest against the ongoing security operation to clear out the Muslim Brotherhood’s sit-ins in Cairo.

Three dead, 34 injured in Minya violence

Three people were killed and 34 were injured in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi during their attempts to storm six police stations in Minya governorate, said the head of the ambulance authority in Minya.

Scores of Muslim Brotherhood members attempted to break into Matai, Bani Mazar, Mallawi, Samallout and Abu Qerqas police stations and opened fire at them.

Police forces engaged with the attackers and fired teargas to disperse them.

Hundreds of Mohamed Morsi supporters cut off Cairo-Aswan agricultural highway and the railway in Minya, causing traffic to come to a complete halt in the city.

They also torched a train carriage at Abu Qerqas.

Top Azhar cleric urges all parties not engage Azhar in political conflict

Top Azhar cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb called on all sides to exercise self-restraint and prioritize national interest, saying that he only knew about the crackdown on Cairo’s protests camps through media outlets after they occured, in a televised speech on Wednesday.

The Grand Imam of Egypt’s top Islamic institution added that the crackdown can not be a substitute for political solutions or serious dialogue, which he maintained as the only means out of the current crisis.

Tayeb urged all parties not to engage the Azhar institution in political conflict.

The security forces began their crackdown on the Cairo protest camps of the Mohamed Morsi supporters who demanded the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, leaving at least 30 people dead.

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