Protesters battle for control of Egypt's Tahrir Square

A protester holds up a bullet casing after deadly clashes with the military in Tahrir Sqaure

Story highlights

  • 14 people have died since Friday, a Health Ministry spokesman says
  • Hundreds on both sides are injured in clashes, officials say
  • At least 2 protesters are killed, a doctor on the scene says
  • Images of a partially stripped woman being beaten cause outrage
Police and military troops clashed Monday with protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square, the symbolic center of the uprising that brought down President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.
At least two protesters were killed, according to field doctor Ahmed Khalil. That brought the total number of dead in protests to 14 since Friday, according to Hisham Sheeha, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health.
Hundreds of people were injured on both sides in the clashes, officials from the Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Health said. At least 200 protesters were injured, mostly by live ammunition, Sheeha said.
About 100 security officers were wounded, Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Marwan Mustapha said.
Monday was the fourth day that pro-democracy demonstrators battled Egyptian security, their anger stoked by images of a military police officer stomping on a woman's exposed stomach over the weekend.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released a statement Monday condemning what she called "vicious" and "brutal" assaults filmed over the weekend.
Navi Pillay said she has strong concerns that women are being targeted in these attacks.
"The ruthless violence being used against unarmed women protesters in especially shocking and cannot be left unpunished," Pillay said.
A "Million-Woman" demonstration was planned for Tuesday afternoon in Tahrir Square to protest the military's treatment of female demonstrators.
Pillay said she believes the individuals involved in the assaults must be arrested and prosecuted.
"These are life-threatening and inhuman acts that cannot possibly be justified under the guise of restoration of security or crowd control," Pillay said. She called for an impartial and independent investigation into "all instances of abuse and violent repression against protesters."
A top general on the military council that runs Egypt blamed the violence on protesters, saying they had provoked the clashes.
Demonstrators have been using "very destructive methods," including Molotov cocktails, gas bombs and rocks, said Gen. Adel Amara of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Monday.
"Protests start peacefully, then they turn into attacks on government buildings," Amara said, saying "events have proven there is a plan to destroy the country."
He said prosecutors had been assigned to look into the clashes.
He also accused protesters of obstructing firefighters trying to put out a blaze at a library in Cairo that houses ancient maps and artifacts.
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