Clashes between Egyptian troops and Bedouin in the Suez district east of Cairo killed three people on Wednesday as military police tried to evict the Bedouin from state-owned land, security sources said.
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An officer, a conscript and a Bedouin died in a gunfight which erupted at dawn in the town of Janifah near the southern edge of the Suez Canal, the sources said.
The clashes broke out when a military police patrol went to evict a group of Bedouin who had erected installations on a plot of land under which army communication cables run, the sources said.
The Bedouin refused to leave and opened fire on the patrol, they said.