Three people died of asphyxiation during clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday that saw riot police and military forces use tear gas to disperse protesters.
“Three people have died of asphyxiation during the clashes,” Abdallah Abdelrahman, who heads a field hospital in Tahrir Square, told AFP.
On Saturday, two protesters died in clashes with security forces and several hundred were injured.
The deadly unrest comes around a week before the first legislative elections, slated to begin on November 28, since a popular uprising ousted autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak in February.
Hundreds of soldiers and police, backed by armoured personnel carriers, used tear gas, rubber bullets and batons to evict several thousand protesters from the central Cairo square that was the epicentre of the popular uprising.
They chased the protesters out of most of the square, dismantling their tents and tearing down their banners. Security forces later withdrew from the square but the situation remained fluid.