UK condemns terrorist attacks in Egypt, concerned by deadly police force

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jan 2015

Death toll on fourth anniversary of 25 January revolution reaches over 25 killed and 100 injured in two days

The British foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned the recent violence in Egypt and the use of deadly force against protesters.

British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said in a press statement that his country condemned " the terrorist attacks" and stood by Egypt in its fight against terrorism.

"We are also deeply concerned by the use of deadly force by the police against demonstrators," he said. "Egypt’s long-term stability and success requires protection of the rights that underpin peaceful politics, including accountability of the security forces and revision of the demonstrations law."

State media reported that dozens of explosive devices went off or were diffused by police around Egypt on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Clashes also erupted between police and pro-Morsi demonstrators, with the deadliest confrontations in the working-class Cairo district of Matariya.

On Saturday, leftist activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh died, after she was shot while marching peacefully to Tahrir Square to commemorate those killed during the popular uprising of January 2011.

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