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Casualties mount as protests continue in Cairo

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Egyptian protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, in Cairo on Nov. 23. Fresh clashes erupted between protesters and police in Cairo with three more people reported killed on the fifth day of violence that has left at least 31 people, according to the health ministry.

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Wounded protesters are driven away on a motocycle truck to a makeshift hospital ), in Tahrir square ,Cairo, on Nov. 23.

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Protesters carry a fellow injured protester during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Nov. 23.

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Egyptian General Said (C) talks with a Muslim Imam, near the Interior Ministry, in Cairo, on Nov. 23. Renewed clashes erupted between security forces and anti-military protesters near Tahrir Square in central Cairo, reported state television.The clashes, for the fifth consecutive day, saw anti-riot police firing teargas on the protesters who answered with stone-throwing, according to the report.

from NBC News services:

CAIRO — Egyptian troops moved into streets around the Interior Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday, replacing riot police who had repeatedly clashed with protesters trying to reach the building, an army officer said. Riot police withdrew inside the ministry.

The removal of the widely hated police seemed to be part of efforts to calm violence that has killed more than 30 people and wounded 2,000 in Cairo and elsewhere in six days of protests targeting the ruling military council, not the army itself.

The Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, has been the main flashpoint for clashes in which police have fired tear gas, pellets and rubber bullets at stone-throwing demonstrators.

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Egyptian security forces react with force to protesters who throw rocks near Tahrir Square during the fifth day of demonstrations against the Egyptian military. NBC's Richard Engel reports from Cairo.