'Massive military assault' reported in Cairo

2013-08-14 11:32
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Egypt cops clear protest camps

Egyptian security forces have killed at least 30 people as they cleared a camp of Cairo protesters who are demanding the reinstatement of Mohammed Morsi. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Cape Town – Rabaa al Adawiya camp in Cairo was reportedly "under very heavy gunfire" and the operation was a "massive military assault on largely unarmed civilians in very large numbers", as hundreds of people have been shot dead by Egyptian security forces who cleared two protest camps loyal to deposed president Mohammed Morsi, according to reports.

"There are machine gun rounds, and snipers on the roof, that are preventing people from getting any closer to the field hospital,” Sky News reported.

"There is a very large fire that I understand is burning tents and other material that was being used by the group."

It added it was a scene of extreme chaos and bloodshed" and "many hundreds of troops and interior ministry police and special forces are involved".

"The dead and dying are on the steps of this improvised field hospital. The scenes here are absolutely graphic."

The interior ministry, which is in charge of police, warned its security forces would deal firmly with protesters acting "irresponsibly" and said it would guarantee safe passage to those who want to leave the two sites.

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