At least 17 killed across country in Egypt clashes

At least 17 killed across country in Egypt clashes

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A Turkish demonstrator flashes a victory sign in front of a poster of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a demonstration condemning the deadly crackdown in Cairo on August 16, 2013 at Eyup Sultan mosque in Istanbul. Turkey branded the deadly crackdown in Egypt on protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi today as 'unacceptable' and called on the international community to act immediately to halt the 'massacre.'

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by AYA BATRAWY

Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Security and health officials say at least 17 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

Security officials say eight people were killed in the Nile Delta province of Dumyat north of Cairo and four people were killed in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya. The cause of their deaths was not immediately clear.

Officials say five policemen also were killed across the country.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Violence erupted after protesters took the streets Friday, responding to the Muslim Brotherhood's call following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when security officials raided two sit-in protests.

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