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Gunshots cause mayhem at Egypt's Qasr Al-Aini Hospital

One of Cairo's largest public hospitals closes its doors temporarily and its doctors threaten to strike following violent assault against providers and gunshots fired at the building

Ahram Online, Tuesday 31 Jul 2012
Qasr Al-Aini Hospital
Qasr Al-Aini Hospital
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Several doctors have been attacked and gunshots were fired at Cairo's Qasr Al-Aini hospital on Tuesday, leading the hospital to temporarily close its doors.

According to Al Ahram Arabic-language news site, the attack was part of a fight that had erupted in Cairo's impoverished Boulaq district.

Two injured were transported to the hospital to seek care for their gunshot wounds.

One of them lost his life.

Angered by his death, relatives of the deceased attacked the doctors and destroyed parts of the hospital's seventh floor.

They also went on to search for other patients whom they believe were involved in killing their family member.

Meanwhile, security officers arrested two of the assailants and called for reinforcements.

Doctors declared a strike to protest assaults against their colleagues.

Qasr Al-Aini is one of Cairo's largest public hospitals and often received emergency patients from Tahrir Square and the ministry of interior, which have seen many clashes in the year and a half proceeding Egypt's January 25 Revolution.

Doctors have long been complaining of police negligence in securing hospitals. Members of the doctors' syndicate had announced earlier that they would start a new campaign on Tuesday to expose lax hospital security.

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