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Egypt protests: Death toll reaches five as anti-government riots persist

Demonstration organizers say Facebook, the main site used by demonstrators, has become only partially accessible; government denies targeting social networks.

By Avi Issacharoff, HAARETZ Service

January 26, 2011 | 4:19 pm

Demonstrations against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak resumed in many cities throughout Egypt yesterday. But though thousands participated in the protests, they were significantly smaller than Tuesday’s demonstrations.

The exception was in Suez, where developments were much more dramatic: Protesters set government offices ablaze and targeted a building belonging to the ruling party. The media reported at least 50 injured in clashes with security forces and three people lost their lives in the clashes in Suez.

“The situation has gone out of control, and there is a real war in the streets,” a reporter for Al Jazeera in Suez reported.

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