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Egypt death toll climbs to 65 in Cairo

by The Associated Press | July 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. | Updated July 27, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

CAIRO — A Health Ministry official says at least 65 people have been killed in clashes in the Egyptian capital between police and supporters of the country's ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

It is the highest death toll in a single incident since the military ousted Morsi on July 3 following days of mass protests against him.

Health Ministry official Khaled el-Khatib said Saturday other clashes in Alexandria killed nine since Friday. Nearly 750 people were wounded in violence nationwide, nearly 270 of them in Cairo.

In the Cairo clashes early Saturday, witnesses and wounded protesters say police fired at the pro-Morsi crowd. Many of those killed were shot in the head or chest, according to doctors.

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