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Roads blocked near Egyptian Defense Ministry in Cairo

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Armored Egyptian military vehicles block the road outside of the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on May 4.

Hamada Elrasam / AP

Protesters take shelter during brick throwing clashes outside the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on May 4.

Egyptian armed forces and protesters clashed in Cairo on Friday, with troops firing water cannons and tear gas at demonstrators who threw stones as they tried to march on the Defense Ministry, a flashpoint for a new cycle of violence only weeks ahead of presidential elections.

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