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Egyptian security forces fire live bullets into protesting crowds

PROTESTERS clashed with Egyptian security forces today as live bullets were fired into crowds calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.

It was the second day of anti-government demonstrations in the port city of Suez as thousands of people gathered in cities across the country in a show of dissent.

Protests are effectively banned in Egypt, where Mr Sissi has presided over a brutal crackdown on opposition forces, with thousands of dissidents and scores of journalists jailed.

Protests were also reported in Giza, the twin city of the capital Cairo, and in the northern town of Mahalla.

A heavy security presence was maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the scene of Egypt’s 2011 revolution that toppled long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak.

Armoured vehicles patrolled the streets as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in central Suez.

Security forces opened fire with live bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Egypt’s stock exchange also suspended trading for 30 minutes today after the EGX 100 index fell by 5 per cent, data showed.

Analaysts blamed the drop on the protests.

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