Egypt police open fire on protesters, 3 killed

Hundreds of Egyptians gathered in central Cairo on Saturday morning, renewing protests against Mubarak regime

Egypt police open fire on protesters, 3 killed

Police opened fire on 1,000 Egyptian protesters trying to storm the Interior Ministry in Cairo on Saturday, Al Jazeera reported.

Police killed at least three protesters on Saturday when they tried to storm the Interior Ministry, Al Jazeera television reported. There was no immediate confirmation or further details.

Thousands of Egyptian protesters continued to roam the streets after the 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) curfew started, defying an army warning that anyone violating the order would be in danger.

They thronged central Cairo, where army armoured vehicles were stationed. Protesters also stayed out in Alexandria.

"It does not feel like there is a curfew, I can see thousands marching next to me," a witness told Reuters from Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city.

Tanks moved on to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria as protesters in Egypt defied a nationwide curfew ordered by President Hosni Mubarak in an effort to quell the fourth and most violent day of demonstrations against his 30-year rule.

In a late-night TV address, Mubarak refused to relinquish power, but dismissed his government, promising a new administration to tackle unemployment and promote democracy.

But his call for stability appeared to cut little ice with many protesters, who surged on to the streets as soon as he finished speaking, defying a curfew.

Agencies

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