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Radioactive material is gone from a nuclear power station on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast that was the site of violent protests last week.

A safe containing radioactive material at the Dabaa nuclear power plant ended up seized while another safe containing radioactive material was broken open and part of its contents taken, according to a report in the state-run al-Ahram newspaper.

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The government alerted security authorities and asked that specialized teams help in the search for the stolen material, al-Ahram reported.

More than a dozen people suffered wounds last week when military police tried to disperse hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the relocation of the Dabaa plant, which is still under construction.

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Plant staff have refused to go to the site because of the deterioration in the security situation there, al-Ahram said.

About 500 Egyptians rallied in front of the plant last week to demand the project be terminated, with some saying they had lost their land on the plant’s site.

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