C'tee: Egyptian army did not fire at Christian protesters

By REUTERS
November 2, 2011 18:19

CAIRO - The Egyptian army did not use live ammunition to disperse protesters during clashes in which 28 people were killed last month, a member of a government-backed fact-finding committee said on Wednesday.

But he said an independent investigation was needed to establish the full facts.

The violence in central Cairo on Oct. 9 between protesters, mostly Coptic Christians, and the army was the deadliest since president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February and drew condemnation from rights groups and Egyptian citizens.

"The majority of witnesses said there were no live bullets fired by the army," said Hafez Abu Saeda, a senior figure in the government-sponsored National Council for Human Rights, which set up the committee.


Related Content

Breaking news
June 19, 2018
EU to move towards deciding asylum seekers' fate outside its borders

By REUTERS