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Street battle rages near Egypt's Interior Ministry

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Protesters help a wounded man during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Feb. 3, 2012.

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A youth throws a stone at security forces, not pictured, during clashes near the Interior Ministry on Feb. 3, 2012.

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Riot police throw stones at protesters during clashes near the Interior Ministry on Feb. 3, 2012.

 

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A protester covers his face with a scarf on Feb. 3, 2012.

Reuters reports:

Protesters laid siege to Egypt's Interior Ministry on Friday, pushing their protest against the military-led government into a second day in a show of anger triggered by the deaths of 74 people in the country's worst soccer disaster.

One person died in Cairo from a shotgun pellet wound and two were killed in the city of Suez as police used live rounds to hold back crowds trying to break into a police station, witnesses and the ambulance authority said.

The demonstrations erupted following the deaths at a soccer stadium in Port Said. Most of those killed were crushed to death in a stampede but protesters hold the military-led authorities responsible. Continue reading.

Follow NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin on Twitter for updates from Cairo.

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A protester, right, holds gas canisters as another holds an office drawer used as an improvised shield during clashes on Feb. 3, 2012.