Egypt cops shoot Bedouin protester

2011-01-27 22:25

Cairo - Security forces shot dead a Bedouin protester in the north of Egypt's Sinai region on Thursday, eyewitnesses and a security source said.

The 22-year-old man, Mohamed Atef, was shot in the head while demonstrating in the town of Sheikh Zoweid, they said. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters.

The shooting came as police fought protesters in Suez and Ismailia, two cities straddling the Suez Canal that separates Sinai from the rest of Egypt.

Bedouin, among nomadic tribes in Egypt's northeast Sinai region, often complain of neglect by the government and of police harrassment.