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23 killed in Egypt clashes on 4th anniversary of revolution

At least 18 people were killed and 80 others injured in clashes between Islamists and security forces as Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, prompting authorities to extend curfew in the restive North Sinai region.

Cairo: The death toll in clashes between Islamists and security forces has risen to 23, a day after Egypt marked the fourth anniversary of the revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak, the government said today.

23 people were killed and 97 others injured in different parts of Egypt since yesterday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

January 25 marked the fourth anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which toppled former president Mubarak.

Islamists staged protests in different parts of the country as they?called on their supporters to revive "the revolution".

The violence marking the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising that ousted Mubarak prompted the government to extend the curfew in parts of the volatile North Sinai region for three more months.

Yesterday, a female activist was killed in downtown Cairo as?security forces dispersed a demonstration, organised by the leftist?Socialist Popular Alliance party (SPAP),?to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the revolution.

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, a member of the SPAP, died of birdshot wound during the protest, the party said.

The anniversary this year is the first under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who was the chief of the armed forces and played a leading role in ousting President Mohammed Morsi after an uprising against him in July, 2013 and has led a crackdown on his supporters that has left hundreds dead.

The Police Day celebrations, however, have been cancelled as a seven-day mourning has been announced after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

Egypt has been gripped by violent unrest since Mubarak's successor Morsi was overthrown by then army chief Sisi.