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Reporters accuse Egypt police of using live ammunition in protests

Despite government denials, journalists reporting from the Cairo University clashes say riot police targeted them specifically with deadly fire.
Riot police officers take positions as tear gas is fired during a demonstration by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in front of Cairo University in Cairo April 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTR3L8GG

CAIRO — When Amru Salahuddien stepped onto the Cairo University campus on April 14, student supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi had begun marching toward the main gate. Riot police were stationed outside, and troops and armored vehicles flanked the other gates.

Police fired tear gas at the main gate, said Salahuddien, a photojournalist for the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Then he heard the firing of automatic rifles. Most of the students ran, he said, scattering across the campus. But some remained near the main gate, ducking behind palm trees and thick concrete columns, throwing back hot tear gas canisters. A female student was shot in the leg and fell, he told Al-Monitor.

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