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297 dead in Egypt unrest – HRW

2011-02-08 10:32

Cairo - US-based Human Rights Watch says at least 297 people have been killed since Egypt's anti-government uprising began two weeks ago.

The revolt against President Hosni Mubarak that erupted on January 25 brought days of fierce clashes with police and intense battles with violent pro-Mubarak gangs.

The violence has spread to other parts of Egypt and the toll includes a significant number of deaths outside the capital Cairo.

Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press on Monday its count is based on visits to seven hospitals in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez.

Cairo researcher Heba Morayef says the toll is expected to rise.

Egypt's Health Ministry has not given any comprehensive figures on the death toll.