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Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohamed Zaki on events in Cairo

February 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

Al-Jazeera cameraman Mohamed Zaki, who has been wounded in his left arm, has spoken of the Egyptian Army and Interior Ministry police firing live bullets at protesters and media personnel in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square.

“I cannot stand in the field clinic in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya,” he said. “Three big halls in the Field Hospital are full of corpses and the wounded. The doctors refused to treat me, saying that my injury is nothing compared with the others”.

“The square is surrounded. No one can leave. Anyone wanting to leave is killed [by the security forces]. There are snipers everywhere. I have been shot by someone from inside a military vehicle.

“The police have set fire to tents and razed to the ground everything in the square.”

Responding to a question whether there are armed people inside the square, the cameraman insisted, “There are military and police forces everywhere but the people inside the square have nothing except bricks.”

Mr Zaki confirmed that the police and soldiers are damaging cameras and cracking down on the media working in the square. He said that they clearly do not want anything to be transmitted.