Cairo: The death toll from the latest wave of violence in Egypt between protestors and security forces has reached 41, the Health Ministry has said.

Clashes have raged since Saturday between police and protesters demanding that the ruling military cede power to a civilian authority.

Much of the violence has been centered around Cairo's Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.

The Health Ministry said Thursday that 36 people have been killed in the capital, according to a news agency.

Another four people died in Ismailiya and in Alexandria, Egypt's second city, where fresh clashes broke out on Thursday between security forces and protestors, who threw rocks and chanted slogans denouncing police brutality one demonstrator was shot dead in the northwestern city of Mersa Matruh on Wednesday when security forces clashed with demonstrators trying to storm a police station.

(Agencies)