Death toll in clashes with Egypt army up to 54

CAIRO - Egypt's state news agency says clashes between soldiers and police and Islamists protesting the ouster of the president left 54 protesters dead.

The news agency quotes Mohammed Sultan, head of emergency services, also saying 435 were wounded, mostly from live ammunition and birdshot. The bloodshed Monday outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo also left two policemen and one soldier dead.

The military said it was protecting the military installation and personnel from an attack by gunmen among the protesters. Ousted President Mohammed Morsi's supporters say the military's attack on their days-long sit-in was unprovoked.

Journalists for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera have been kicked out of a news conference being held by Egypt's military on the killing of 54 people, most of them supporters of Egypt's ousted president, outside an army facility.

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera was founded by the Gulf nation's ruling family. The tiny but wealthy country was a strong supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was toppled by the military on Wednesday.

The station broadcast graphic images of those killed and wounded in the violence Monday outside a military facility.

During the news conference, one journalist stood up and demanded Al-Jazeera reporters be excluded from the proceedings.

The Al-Jazeera reporters eventually walked out accompanied by chants of "Out! Out!" from others in the crowd.


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