Blood colors Egypt's Rabaa al-Adawiya

Inside the hospital at Rabaa al-Adawiya, almost everything was covered in blood: the floor, beds and the uniforms of medics who treated the injured as they came in.

Blood colors Egypt's Rabaa al-Adawiya

World Bulletin/News Desk

The early hours of Saturday were colored with blood for supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

"It was a massacre; it was more horrible than the Republican Guard tragedy (when more than 50 pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed outside the Republican Guards compound earlier this month)," Yehia Mekiya, a medic at a field hospital set up at the square, told the Anadolu Agency.

"We have bid farewell to 22 martyrs, plus 16 others who are struggling with death after having been shot in the head or chest," he added.

Scores of people were killed when security forces opened fire on Morsi supporters near the square early Saturday.

Medics at the field hospital have said that at least 120 people were killed and 4,500 injured.

Egyptian authorities have not yet released any official statements regarding the number of casualties.

Inside the hospital, almost everything was covered in blood: the floor, beds and the uniforms of medics who treated the injured as they came in.

Inside the hospital, a man knelt before a bloodied body, praying that God might save his son.

Nearby, Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, 29, is busy collecting blood-stained medical instruments.

"I couldn't go to help my brothers at the site of the attacks," he lamented.

"We were urged by speakers on the stage to remain in position and provide help to the nearest place. That's why I came to the hospital," he added.

Mahmoud al-Demerdash wipes blood off the floor.

"We're cleaning up the blood of our brothers," said al-Demerdash, fighting back tears. "This is unfair. Totally unfair."

The deaths came shortly after tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to support a call by army chief and Defense Minister Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to give a "popular mandate" to the army and police to "confront violence and terrorism."

Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters also staged mass rallies on Friday to demand the reinstatement of the ousted president.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass demonstrations against his regime.

Since then, his supporters have been staging daily protests and sit-ins to denounce the military coup against the elected president.

Many of them have remained camped out in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.

Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2013, 14:11
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