Mohamed Mahmoud, Redux-ish

While the world's eyes have been trained on Gaza, street battles between cops and young men have broken out again in downtown Cairo. Such clashes can go unremarked these days anyway, though you'd surely have seen a bit more attention had most of the city's foreign journalists not gone to cover the possible second coming of Cast Lead.

More than 60 people have been injured over two days, according to Reuters, and though one protester was rumored to have died on Tuesday night, that has not been verified.

The fighting began on Monday, when large crowds massed on Mohamed Mahmoud Street to commemorate the one-year anniversary of clashes there that claimed more than 40 lives over one week - the most significant bout of violence in Egypt since the revolution.

Squads of angry young men powered - as they so often are - by Ultra soccer fans attempted to mount and demolish the wall of stone blocks on the adjoining Youssef El Guindy Street that barricades access toward the Interior Ministry.

The violence waxed and waned through Tuesday, and when I stopped by after sunset, there were a little more than a dozen men at the intersection - watched by a crowd several times larger - engaged in a rock-throwing battle with a similar number of black-uniformed riot police atop a building that at least used to belong to the American University.

At a nearby field hospital, several men were being treated for bruises and lacerations, and a volunteer said some had been injured by shotgun pellets.

The fighting has not nearly approached last year's level, but large marches are planned for the culmination of the anniversary on Friday, and these off-and-on street battles seem to only whet the appetite for a real brawl, one that would test the Muslim Brotherhood-led government's response to violent street action.