Cairo (July 17,2017): At least one person has been killed and 50 injured in clashes between police and residents over security forces attempted to demolish illegal buildings in Nile island Cairo.
The violence erupted when police arrived at al-Warraq island on Sunday morning to eradicate encroachments on state-owned land, the statement said.
At least 50 people including policemen and residents were injured in the clashes.
The Police attempted to evict residents staying or utilizing state land without permission, part of an ongoing, nationwide campaign launched by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to retake state property illegally controlled or run for profit by individuals or commercial enterprises.
Illegal use of state land is widely common in Egypt, as well as building on agrarian land in violation of the law.
The island residents say they built their houses on this land over 30 years ago.
Video clips posted on social media networks showed hundreds of angry islanders, mostly young men, at the man’s funeral, marching through farm fields while chanting “We will sacrifice the martyr with our soul and blood.”