Tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in Egypt, 17 dead

At least 17 dead in new clashes

CAIRO - Security and health officials say at least 17 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

Security officials say eight people were killed in the Nile Delta province of Dumyat north of Cairo and four people were killed in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya. The cause of their deaths was not immediately clear.

Officials say five policemen also were killed across the country.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Violence erupted after protesters took the streets Friday, responding to the Muslim Brotherhood's call following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when security officials raided two sit-in protests.

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