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Police forces withdraw from restive Egyptian city of Port Said as military takes over security

Egypt's police forces have withdrawn from the streets of this restive city on the Suez Canal, handing over security to the military after nearly a week of deadly clashes.

The Interior Ministry says its forces turned over responsibility for ensuring security in Port Said to the armed forces on Friday "to alleviate tension" in the city.

For the past six days, the local security headquarters has been the site of clashes have killed eight people, including two security officials.

The Health Ministry says two protesters died Friday from wounds sustained late overnight in clashes outside the security building, one from a bullet to the head.

Protesters in Port Said celebrated the withdrawal of police from the streets. Some demonstrators stood on military tanks, chanting in support of the army.