Egypt’s military finally announces fund for victims of the revolution

Egypt's new regime announced on Thursday that it has created a fund to aid those people injured in the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and to help the families of those killed.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has run Egypt since the former president stepped down in February, said the fund would be for "social and medical aid."

The fund, whose monetary value was not disclosed, will be headed by a director appointed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

It will first have to prepare a complete list of those who were killed and injured during the 18-day uprising that began on 25 January.

In April, an investigative commission said that 846 civilians had been killed and another 6,500 hurt.

On Tuesday night, bloody clashes between protesters and anti-riot police raged in Cairo's Tahrir Square amid mounting frustration with Egypt's military rulers over the pace of reform.

The interior ministry blamed families of victims killed in the uprising, saying some of them stormed a theatre where a memorial service was being held for those who died, which led to clashes with security.

But activists said police beat the families who had been barred from joining the service. 

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