Army helicopters drop snipers above Ramses buildings

According to witnesses, snipers were dropped above the state-run Al-Gomhuria newspaper and Al-Helal Hospital, and opened fire on anti-coup protestors.

Army helicopters drop snipers above Ramses buildings

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian military helicopters have dropped snipers above buildings around Ramses Square in downtown Cairo, eyewitnesses told the Anadolu Agency.

According to witnesses, snipers were dropped above the state-run Al-Gomhuria newspaper and Al-Helal Hospital.

"They opened fire at supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, causing casualties," claimed the witnesses.

The self-styled "Monitors of Coup Crimes" group said snipers shot at pro-Morsi demonstrators in Ramses Square from helicopters.

Witnesses also said that snipers had shot at motorcycles carrying injured protesters to Kasr al-Aini Hospital in downtown Cairo.

There was no immediate official comment and the claims were not independently verified.

Medics earlier told the AA that 51 people were killed in attacks on pro-Morsi demonstrators in Ramses Square.

At least 95 people were killed and scores injured on Friday in attacks on a number of rallies staged by anti-coup demonstrators in several Egyptian cities.

Anti-coup protesters are staging a fresh wave of rallies in several Egyptian cities today to protest Wednesday's violent dispersal of two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

Excluding Friday's casualties, at least 638 people have been killed in nationwide violence since Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa al-Adawiya and 87 in Nahda, according to the Health Ministry.

However, the official death toll remains far below that given by the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.

Last Mod: 17 Ağustos 2013, 09:04
Add Comment