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Egypt: Grieving families demand justice for victims of violence

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Egypt: Grieving families demand justice for victims of violence


Relatives of people killed when Egyptian security forces launched a crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood supporters are calling for justice.

Grieving families gathered around the covered, charred and mutilated bodies of more than 200 Egyptians, laid out in rows in Cairo’s Al-Iman mosque.

One woman, mourning the death of her son, said: “My son Khalid Abdel Hadi was just 16 years old. He was shot in the head by a sniper on Attyarane Street, yesterday at 11 o’clock. I’m praying to God to avenge his death. Justice will be done. My son lives on.”

Another woman added: “These dead people here, their blood has been spilt across Egypt. Everywhere in Egypt has been flooded with their blood. God willing, victory is close, because of the blood of these martyrs.”

Another female mourner said the army should not be turning on its own people.

“This army that we are paying for with our money should be making war elsewhere. The army should be at the border with Israel and not fighting against us. You (the anti-Mursi) have spent one year protesting and you didn’t have bloodshed. Why does this only happen against the sit-ins in Rabea al-Adaweya?,” she said.

Only bodies that have passed through hospitals are counted by the government, meaning the corpses at the mosque will probably never be included in the official death toll.

Elsewhere in Cairo, funerals were held for six police officers who died in Wednesday’s violence.

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