A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has left dozens of people dead. The Egyptian health ministry said at least 42 people had been killed and more than 300 injured the incident early on Monday morning. Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim El-Beltagy, a Brotherhood MP, described the incident as a “massacre” during dawn prayers, after police had stormed the site. A doctor told Al Jazeera that “the majority of injured had gunshot wounds to the head”. The Brotherhood said the dead and the injured have been taken to a makeshift hospital in Nasr City, a neighbourhood in the Egyptian capital.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Gehad Haddad, a spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood, said that at around 3.30 in the morning, army and police forces started firing at sit-in protesters in front of the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. We have people hit in the head, we have bullets that exploded as they entered the body, cluttering organs and body parts,” he said, “Every police force in the world understands how to disperse a sit-in. This is just a criminal activity targeting protesters.”
But the military said a “terrorist group” had tried to storm the Republican Guard facility, where Morsi is reportedly being held. It also said that two officers had also been killed. An Al Jazeera correspondent said military checkpoints been deployed around Nasr City. Brotherhood’s Haddad said there were two things “the bloodbath” was trying to do. “First is that we leave streets and forego the objective of bringing democracy in Egypt after 60 sixty years of military tyranny or they think that our blood is cheaper than any other’s blood in Egypt and no one would care,” he said.
“We are sticking to our ground, we will not be brought into a cycle of violence, we know how deadly that would be. Even if that means we will have to become the punching bag of the rest of society and our blood will flow for the rest of Egyptians to wake up and the rest of the world to understand that we are adamants of bringing democracy to our country.”
Source: Al Jazeera