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36 Brotherhood detainees die near Cairo as Islamists attack prison convoy

Published time: August 18, 2013 18:24
Edited time: August 19, 2013 07:04
Reuters / Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi

Reuters / Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supporters died on Sunday as police escorting prisoners in trucks exchanged fire with Islamist attackers near Cairo. Conflicting reports stated that some or all of those killed suffocated from tear gas.

Thirty-six Islamist prisoners were killed in Egypt while being transferred to Abu Zaabal prison in northern Cairo, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. Police used force to prevent the escape of the prisoners when they began to riot.

"Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape," the ministry said.

However, several different accounts of events emerged in Egyptian media, alleging the involvement of a group of gunmen who attacked the prisoner convoy. Furthermore, there were reports that a police officer was taken hostage by detainees during the melee.

According to the version given by the state media on EGYNews.net and quoted by RT’s Bel Trew, a police truck transporting detainees was attacked by a group of armed men. During the incident, which was said to be taking place in a car park, a police officer was taken hostage. Officers responded by firing tear gas, and the people inside the prison truck subsequently suffocated to death. 

The detainees were held pending investigations into the Ramses Square clashes, the report added.

AFP cited official sources that said the men were teargassed after starting a prison mutiny, and that they were all Islamists. 

Reuters quoted the Interior Ministry statement as saying that a number of detainees tried to escape from a prison on the outskirts of Cairo and had taken a police officer hostage. An undisclosed number of people had died from inhaling tear gas rounds in subsequent clashes, the agency said, adding that the officer was freed but badly wounded.

Al Jazeera quoted a source who said that all 38 prisoners were actually shot after taking a police officer hostage. The media outlet also said the men were being transported to the Cairo prison, adding that they were all detained in the Al-Fath mosque siege

The Anti-Coup Alliance issued a statement claiming that it had "obtained evidence of the assassination of at least 38 anti-coup detainees in a truck transferring them to Abu Zaabal prison."

The group said it “puts full criminal responsibility” on the leaders of the July 3 military coup, including Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel, and demanded an international investigation into the “horrific crime.”

Comments (20)

 

william 19.08.2013 08:10

There are some who want us to believe that we must accept the Islamist way, Egypt is fighting for it's life and GOD is watching.
The Islamist will be defeated by the return of
GOD and the blessed SON, and he who is hidden will be captured and will be brought before the Throne of GOD for Judgement. His punishment along with those who follow him, is the Lake that burns with fire. The Angels will sing on that day, Glory to GOD and blessed is his Son.

 

BIG-ONE5 19.08.2013 00:39

I went found the real tape without sensorship.
It's been manipulated by American press.
The shots do not appear to come from the tanks. But from people shooting from the right of the video. They hidden behind the margin. Note the blood splatters cloud forming to the guys right. Also the tank is pointing to the right!. Another way to create a new Syria. All because Israel do not want Morsi, nor AIPAC.

 

BIG-ONE5 19.08.2013 00:30

Sorry if I mention a name. I don't know if RT will aprove.
But Huckabee been showing a video from youtube that shows a guy with his arms up in the air while he gets mowed with bullets from Egyptian tank.
Can RT or someone get it?
They blur the image. So you do not know where shots come from or if there is somethin else..

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