Last updated: 8 October, 2013

Death toll from Egypt clashes rises to 57

The death toll from weekend clashes between Islamists and police in Egypt has reached 57, a health ministry official said on Tuesday.

Khaled al-Khatib said 48 people died in Cairo and nine in other parts of the country. Authorities had previously given a toll of 51.

A total of 391 people had been injured throughout the country, Khatib told AFP.

Clashes erupted on Sunday as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi tried to galvanise protests around the country but were dispersed by police.

In Cairo, they tried to march towards a strategic square where supporters of the military were marking the 40th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli war.

Tahrir Square is highly symbolic for both supporters and opponents of the Islamist leader.

Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3 and since then his supporters have regularly tried to stage protests against the army. He is being held at an unknown location.

Meanwhile, state news agency MENA reported that gunmen shot dead a soldier and wounded another early Tuesday in the Suez canal city of Port Said.

On Monday suspected militants killed nine people in attacks across Egypt.