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Eyewitnesses affirm pro-Morsi slain were killed by police

Eyewitnesses speak to Ahram Online about clashes that left dozens of pro-Morsi supporters killed early Saturday

Randa Ali , Saturday 27 Jul 2013
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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry an injured man to a field hospital following clashes with security forces at Nasr City, where pro-Morsi protesters have held a weekslong sit-in, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 27, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Glass shattered on the floor, vehicles charred, blocks of bricks deployed on Al-Nasr Street across a distance of one kilometre separating between a line of security forces and the pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City.

“Photograph the blood before they clean it,” one protester said as a number of army soldiers gathered in front of the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier to sweep the ground that witnessed a long night of violent clashes.

The clashes started in the early hours of Saturday between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and security forces, leaving dozens killed.

“The moment I entered the hospital I could smell death everywhere,” Ismail Hasheesh, a young surgeon at the field hospital, told Ahram Online as he recalled the night of clashes.

Hasheesh has just ended his Friday shift when he received an emergency call.

“Corpses were everywhere in the hospital, and almost all the cases we got were in critical condition; some were already dead while others were gasping for their last breath,” he said, adding that very few were saved.

According to Hasheesh, most of the cases that arrived to the field hospital were persons shot with live ammunition that targeted the head or chest.

“These are shots aimed to kill, not to disperse,” he said, explaining that he is familiar with such situations as he volunteered in field hospitals during the Battle of the Camel in 2011 and at the Republican Guard Club clashes that took place 8 July, leaving at least 50 dead.

Hasheesh added that no official number of deaths has been issued; however, he asserted that at least 50 had been killed and thousands injured.

The Muslim Brotherhood claimed at least 120 people have been killed and 4,500 injured Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, the health ministry reported 38 dead and 239 people injured.

The interior ministry held a press conference Saturday where they accused Muslim Brotherhood members of purposefully causing a crisis, in addition to denying that the police opened fire on pro-Brotherhood protesters. The ministry also claimed that clashes erupted after pro-Morsi supporters attempted to block 6 October Bridge and clashed with local residents.

Eyewitnesses accuse police

“For two hours we were faced with excessive teargas. We kept fainting and recovering...By 6am the police started firing live ammunition at us,” Badr El-Sehrawi, one of the eyewitnesses who came from the Nile Delta governorate of Daqahliya to demand the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, told Ahram Online.

El-Sehrawi says the police fired at protesters as they were “peacefully marching” on Al-Nasr Street against army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

“It was the police that was shooting us, but they had thugs on their side as well,” said El-Sehrawi as he tightly held a stick in his hands. He said the stick belonged to an old man who was shot dead next to him.

El-Sehrawi’s side of the story was echoed by several protesters at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, who stressed that the police cooperated with thugs dressed in civilian clothes in an attack against them.

“We’re being punished and treated like animals for defending democracy. This is an oppressive and brutal regime,” said Tarek El-Sayed, another eyewitness.

The attack is leaving some protesters more determined to continue with their sit-in, despite fears of more violence.

“Even if he [El-Sisi] escalated and killed all Egyptians we will stand firm,” said El-Sayed.

“We believe in God. Our belief is stronger than all of these people ... El-Sisi and [interior minister] Mohamed Ibrahim,” said Ahmed El-Badri from Upper Egypt’s Qena.

El-Badri aded that the reinstatement of Morsi remains their ultimate goal, adding, “we’re all martyrs if he doesn’t return.”

“We’re not here for something wrong; I’m here for legitimacy and democracy, for the vote I gave,” said one of the protesters who referred to himself as “Egyptian,” refusing to give his name.

Fears of arbitrary arrest

While many supporters of the deposed president remain defiant, others say they remain at the sit-in because of fears of arbitrary arrest if they leave.

“There are definitely a number of protesters who are just scared that if they leave the sit-in they will be framed,” said Karim Mourad, one of the protesters.

According to Mourad, a friend of his named Hesham Abou El-Ela was arrested a few days ago along with a group of friends as they were taking an injured person from Rabaa Al-Adawiya to a hospital nearby.

His friends remain in detention on charges of espionage and attempted murder, Mourad said.

“Those detained are influencing the people at the sit-in who are scared if they leave the same will happen to them,” added Mourad, explaining to Ahram Online that for the past year he had been very critical of Morsi but decided to join the Rabaa protesters on 3 July after the president was removed in “a coup d’etat.”

“I wanted him to leave, but through early presidential elections, not by a coup,” he added.

For weeks, thousands of pro-Morsi protesters have been staging a sit-in near Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque and another at Giza's Al-Nahda Square in front of Cairo University. They have also been organising marches across Egypt to demand the reinstatement of Morsi as president.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, organised mass protests Friday in an attempt to counterbalance mass demonstrations called for by El-Sisi, aimed at providing the army and the police with "mandate to deal with violence and potential terrorism."

After one year in office, Morsi was ousted 3 July as part of the Egyptian armed forces' roadmap, enforced following unprecedented mass protests against the former elected president.

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abdulrahman
29-07-2013 06:55am
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An Illegal Regime of Barbarians
They overthrew the elected President under the guise of protecting democracy and detained him for the purpose of protecting him. After three weeks they decide to accuse him some spying crimes. Then they kill a big number of innocent protesters. Now unashamedly lying through the media. These coup partners are murderers who have no regard for the lives of Egyptian citizen. They together all high ranking officials of the Egyptian Armed forces, civil services and juduciary must be brought down NOW.
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lady x
29-07-2013 03:52am
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This article is not fair
This article is clearly in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Morsey supporters, and says nothing about the other people who are murdered daily by the brotherhood. What about the residence of Rab'aa who are effected by the brotherhood who have been on their door steps for over a month stopping them from going out for example? And nothing's mentioned about the brotherhood attacking our Army. I'm surprised Al-Ahram wrote such an article in the first place.
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Hasan
28-07-2013 06:26pm
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Fascist to the core
This and likeminded sites and media outlets bear a ngreat tresponsibility for betraying democracy and promoting hatred against the Ikhwan. It is now clear that the Nasserists, Lefistsn and Liberal are fascist to the core.
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Ostasia
28-07-2013 04:37pm
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Why are my comments not published?
What's with the censorship ? I want to ask the same question again - WHO ARE THE SNIPERS ON THE ROOFTOPS? This happened during Mubarak's overthrow...WHO ARE THEY? And WHY are the "eyewitnesses" not talking about that? The people in the morgue said they were shot in the head, heart and chest from ABOVE. In the smoke of teargas and in the dark, how could "eyewitnesses" tell who shot at them?
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Mike
28-07-2013 04:17pm
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Meaning of Democracy
Democracy is the power to govern of the majority legitimated by free elections. How the army and part of the electorate unhappy with the results of the last three elections can claim now that they have any legitimacy to overthrow the elected president. Shame!
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tahir
28-07-2013 03:20pm
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Army and Politics.
In which civilized country army is allowed kidnap an elected president and to mass murder it's own protesting people?. Army should have no business in politics. El=Sisi should be brought to justice for mass murdering its innocent people. It is about time UN and international court should step in.
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Ostasia
28-07-2013 04:39pm
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Unpatriotic statement
Calling for UN and any foreign interference in unpatriotic and flat out treason. You want Egypt to become Iraq? That is EXACTLY what they would like. Human rights...Army not part in Politics in Egypt ?? do you know ANYTHING about geopolitics? If you did you would change your tune.
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adam
28-07-2013 01:20pm
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This is freedom!
This is the freedom the protest of June--whatever--wanted. This is the freedom they will get. The Muslim B. are only the first, then they will turn on the incredulous youth who think they are doing good, but in reality are puppets to the military regime that was put in place in 1952. For over 60 years Egyptians have been led astray and they will continue this trend. The military establishment--which this paper is part of and this will probably not be published because of that--is too entrenched to give up power so easily. This is why the so called revolution of 2011 was a facade.
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nor alkarim
28-07-2013 09:38am
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egypt at brink
so who benefit out of this hooligans act killing each other during this holy month of Ramadan???? who!??? sorry to say i just can see fools and fanatics all over this mayhem .. so your army general mr cc sunglasses is happy now? checkmate? !
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Mr. Noble
27-07-2013 10:43pm
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A voice of reason
Is Egypt happy now? The mass murder of innocent Egyptian civilians by the Egyptian government. The army and police are proving not to be friends of the people rather they want to protect their own pockets. The only way this can be solved is to negotiate with Morsi for a future government. Either Egypt must include everyone or Egypt has no future.
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