Death toll from Egypt protests rises to nearly 50

CAIRO - Egyptian officials say the death toll from clashes between security forces and protesters on the third anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising has risen to 49.

The Health Ministry, quoted by the official MENA news agency on Sunday, said another 247 were wounded. The agency quotes the Interior Ministry as saying 1,079 were arrested.

Security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Pro-army civilians joined the police in some of the clashes.

Meanwhile in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising, giant crowds at government-backed rallies demanded army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi run for president.

Officials on Saturday had put the death toll at 29.

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