Discuss as:

20 die as Egyptians demand democracy

msnbc.com staff and news services report from CAIRO:

 Egypt's Health Ministry says 20 people have been killed since Sunday in clashes between police and protesters demanding the country's military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

About 3,000 demonstrators faced off with hundreds of black-clad riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday.

Egypt's Health Ministry said up to 1,750 have been wounded in the clashes since they began Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Continue reading.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A protester stands in a burning building during clashes with police in Cairo, Egypt, on November 21.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A protester climbs a burned building to rescue residents trapped by fire, during clashes with police in Cairo on November 21.

Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters

A protester throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 21. Protesters demanding Egypt's ruling generals hand over power beat back a new police raid to evict them from Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday, witnesses said.

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

Protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes between protesters and police near Tahrir Square on November 21.

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

Protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes between protesters and police near Tahrir Square on November 21.

See more images of events in Cairo on PhotoBlog and in the slideshow: Violent clashes in Egypt.