Security, nurses 'attack' injured revolutionaries at Qasr El-Aini hospital

Ahram Online, Ekram Ibrahim, Thursday 25 Oct 2012

Patients undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during Egypt's revolution claim they were attacked by nurses, security guards, and military police at Qasr El-Aini hospital in Cairo on Wednesday night

Security guards, nurses
Qasr El-Aini hospital (Photo: AL-Ahram Digital)

A number of patients at Qasr El-Aini hospital were injured during clashes with nurses and security guards on Wednesday night.

The patients, who had suffered serious injuries during the January 25 Revolution, were trying to leave the hospital to attend a celebration in their honour when they were attacked, one of the patients said.

Hospital security and management claimed the patients and their relatives had assaulted nurses and thrown rocks at security guards, leaving four nurses injured.

Military police summoned to deal with the violence arrested four patients plus four others who insisted on accompanying them. The four arrested patients were subsequently released.

Ahmed Harara, a prominent activist who lost one eye during the 18-day uprising against the Mubarak regime and a second during the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes in November 2011, said this was not the first time patients injured during the revolution had faced ill-treatment and assaults by hospital security guards and nurses.

Military police also assaulted them when they arrived on Wednesday night, Harara told Al-Bedaya Online Website.

The patients did not initiate the original clashes because they were too weak, he added.

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