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Hundreds hurt in Cairo clashes

Demonstrators clashed with police in Cairo for a second straight day Wednesday. They  hurled firebombs and rocks that were met with tear gas and warning shots from riot police.

Egyptian officials say more than 1,000 people have been injured in the clashes.

The protest that started in the capital Tuesday night was in response to Egyptian authorities’ perceived slow action on bringing military leaders accused of killing protesters during the uprising last winter to justice. Those protests prompted President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

More than 800 protesters were killed during the uprising in January and February. Mubarak’s security chief, former interior minister Habib el-Adly, is on trial, along with some of his top aides, for ordering the deadly use of force against protesters. Mubarak is also charged with ordering the murders of protesters. Both men could face the death penalty if found guilty.

In the near-five months since Mubarak stepped down, Egypt’s economic crisis has worsened and it’s dealing with a surge in crime.