Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Morsi mulls army Port Said takeover

Police have used tear gas against protesters in the city of Port Said (AP)

Egypt's president is reported to be considering whether to give the military full control of the volatile city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes stoked by excessive force used by riot police.

Officials said Mohammed Morsi has met his security chief and top military officers to discuss pulling the police out and putting the military in charge of the Suez Canal city to defuse tensions.

At least three civilians and three policemen have been killed and hundreds of other people injured in the violence since Sunday.

The military sent reinforcements to Port Said late on Monday, after protesters torched a government building and police headquarters there.

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