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Tahrir field hospitals attacked, doctor assaulted and tens arrested

Activists say army lays siege to two field hospitals near Tahrir Square; military police assaults a doctor and arrests tens

Ahram Online, Salma Shukrallah, Saturday 17 Dec 2011
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People attend to a protester who had fell sick while taking part in a sit-in protest against the government outside the cabinet headquarters, in an ambulance near Tahrir Square in Cairo December 14, 2011. (Photo:Reuters)
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Doctors in Omar Makram field hospital sent a recorded call for help on their website saying that they are being detained by military in Omar Makram Mosque, near Tahrir Square, together with the injured of which some are in a critical health situation.

The Egyptian Current Party tweeted through its official Twitter account that member and doctor at the Omar Makram field hospital, Amr Salah, was beaten by military police Saturday morning as he was trying to protect one of the injured during the military attack on Tahrir's sit-in.

Salah passed out and was moved to Ain Shams hospital where he is being treated.

Meanwhile, Lawyer and member of No To Military Trials Rajia Omran told Ahram Online she was contacted by an activist from the field hospital in Kasr El-Dobara Church confirming that the church has also been under siege.

Omran also confirmed that tens of demonstrators were arrested from the Virgin Mary Church in Qasr Al-Ainy street earlier on Saturday while the military was dispersing the sit-in at the Cabinet. 

Nine protesters have been killed, according to the numbers released by the ministry of health, and 344 injured in attacks by military police against protesters who had been holding a pewaceful sit-in outside the Cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo.

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