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Egypt's Military Apologizes For Protesters' Deaths


Egyptian protesters clash with riot police on a road that leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 23.

Egyptian protesters clash with riot police on a road that leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 23.

Egypt's military has apologized for the deaths of demonstrators in clashes with police as protests demanding the military relinquish power entered their sixth day.

In a statement issued on November 25, the military also vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the deaths.

At least 35 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and police countrywide since November 18.

Protesters have rejected the military's pledge to speed up a transition to civilian power.

Demonstrators are demanding that the military leadership -- who have ruled Egypt since mass protests ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak in February -- step down immediately.

Thousands of protesters continue to occupy Cairo's central Tahrir Square but clashes between riot police and protesters appear to have subsided.

The unrest comes just days ahead of a parliamentary election due to begin on November 28. The election has been billed as Egypt's first free vote in decades.

Reuters
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