May 18, 2013
Egyptians, military police clash at nuclear power site
Over a dozen people were wounded on Friday when military police tried to disperse hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the relocation of a state nuclear power project.
About 500 Egyptians rallied in front of the plant in Dabaa on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, demanding the termination of the project and saying they had lost their land on the plant's site.
Egypt's electricity minister said in March the country would go ahead with the tender for the construction of the plant after the popular uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Soldiers and the protesters hurled stones at each other and exchanged gunfire after the protesters demolished a wall surrounding the site, a security source and witnesses said.
The security source said at least 13 people, all civilians, were wounded in the clashes. But state-owned newspaper al-Ahram said on its website that 41 were wounded, 29 of whom were soldiers.