Sunday, July 28, 2013

Egypt Crisis: Shoot To Kill

Egypt minister: Pro-Morsi protesters to be dispersed

Egypt's interior minister has warned supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi that they will "soon" be dispersed from a sit-in in Cairo.

Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said lawsuits filed by residents near a mosque provide legal cover for the clearance.

But thousands insist they will stay at the Rabaa al-Adawia mosque.

The area was the scene of bloody clashes between the army and protesters on Saturday, with doctors estimating that more than 100 people were killed.

The health ministry puts the death toll lower, at 65. Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has blamed the military for the deaths, accusing soldiers of shooting to kill.
The government has denied this, insisting security forces only used tear gas, not live rounds.

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Cairo says this appears to be untrue given the severity and number of injuries.

Tear gas, shotgun pellets and bullets were all in evidence during the fighting, he says.

Meanwhile two leading figures who backed the army's removal of Mr Morsi, on 3 July, have condemned Saturday's killings.

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar mosque - the highest Sunni Muslim authority in Egypt - has called for an investigation, while the vice-president of the interim government, Mohamed ElBaradei, said that excessive force had been used.

'Shooting to kill'

Saturday's clashes, which began before dawn and carried on for several hours, were the most serious bout of violence since Mr Morsi was ousted.

It appears they began after some of the Morsi supporters tried to extend the barricades around their protest site, and the security forces responded.

Dr Hesham Ibrahim described scenes at the hospital as like "hell"

Ahmed Nashar, a Brotherhood spokesman witnessed what happened.

"When I arrived, bullets were whizzing past my ears," Ahmed Nashar, a Brotherhood spokesman who witnessed the clashes, told the BBC.

"Today was just brutal - people were fired at, with live firearms."

Medics at a nearby field hospital told the BBC they believed about 70% of the casualties were caused by live fire - with many of the victims hit in the chest or head by snipers firing from rooftops.

"They were mostly killed by bullet wounds, especially by snipers, especially in the head. We have nearly cut throats, just like animals," said Doctor Hesham Ibrahim.

Morsi accused

Mr Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, has been formally remanded in custody at an undisclosed location for an initial 15-day period, according to a judicial order on Friday.

The order was the first official statement on Mr Morsi's legal status since he was overthrown.

Muslim Brotherhood's spokesperson says the international community must step in

He has been accused of the "premeditated murder of some prisoners, officers and soldiers" when he and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders were freed during a breakout at a Cairo prison in January 2011.

He is alleged to have plotted attacks on jails in the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr Morsi is also accused of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip and has strong links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Saturday, the interior ministry said that Mr Morsi would be transferred to Torah Prison, where Mubarak is being held.- BBC
A field hospital in Cairo has been treating injured 
supporters of Mohammed Morsi
Doctors in the field hospital say many of their 
patients have bullet injuries
Morsi supporters have erected barricades to try to 
keep out the security forces
Anti-Morsi protesters were also out on the streets 
overnight in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Some stood on tanks to express support for the head 
of the army, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Berita Terkini;

Penyokong Mursi dibedil menjelang sahur

Bumi Mesir terus berdarah apabila 10 orang termasuk wanita menjadi korban bedilan peluru hidup polis dan tentera menjelang waktu sahur.

Insiden itu juga menyebabkan 300 yang lain turut cedera. Kesemua mangsa yang cedera dibawa ke hospital awam Raba'ah.

Laporan Ikhwanonline menyebut, pasukan penempak tepat polis Mesir mengambil posisi di atas bangunan Fakulti Dakwah, Universiti Al-Azhar Madinah Nasr bagi menembak rakyat dalam situasi kelam-kabut selepas ditembak gas pemedih mata sebelum itu.

Penyokong yang menjadi mangsa adalah mereka yang berada di hadapan Universiti Azhar, Jalan Austorad, berhampiran Kubur Anwar Sadat.

Polis juga menggunakan kereta perisai mereka membelah lautan peserta yang berhimpun.

Semalam, himpunan aman besar-besaran yang digelar "Jumaat Furqan" oleh penyokong Mohamed Mursi berlangsung usai solat Jumaat.

Lautan manusia itu kemudiannya sekali lagi berdepan tindakan kejam polis dan tentera Mesir yang melancarkan serangan berdarah kepada mereka, awal pagi tadi. -SH

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