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Death toll from Republican Guard massacre rises to 84

February 8, 2014 at 2:48 am

The Egypt Doctors’ Syndicate (EDS) has revealed hidden facts about the massacre committed against pro-Morsi protesters in front of the Republican Guard’s Club at dawn last Monday when army officers opened live fire on protesters as they performed the dawn prayer.

The Syndicate called for immediate and objective investigations into the massacre to allow the judiciary to prosecute the culprits as soon as possible.

The EDS has threatened to go to the international courts and amnesty international should its demands for investigations be treated with carelessness.

DES Secretary General Jamal Abdul-Salam said that they have original and genuine accounts about the incidents in front of the Republican Guard’s Club. “Many doctors witnessed the scene, and they can cooperate with any investigative mission,” he said.

Spokesman of the Syndicate, Ahmed Lotfi, confirmed that there were a number of women and children among the dead.

Lotfi said that the death toll has risen to 84 including two doctors. More than 1,000 individuals have sustained several injuries. Seven of the wounded are doctors, including Yahya Mousa, the spokesman for the ministry of health. He was shot twice; one bullet cut his finger and the other injured him in the thigh.

He also said that there is a veterinary doctor and a dentist among the dead and more than 300 of the wounded were shot by live ammunition.

Fund Secretary of EDS, Salah al-Dasougi, who is in charge of the field clinic in front of the Republican Guards Club, said: “We started working with our colleagues in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Field Clinic, and because of the huge number of casualties, we set up a new field clinic where the massacre happened.

“We also set up treatment points along Al-Tayaran Street. We did not know what the military preparations for the massacres were.”

Describing the start of the shooting, Al-Dasougi said: “We were surprised when gas canisters were fired at worshipers during the second half of the dawn prayer. Gas was fired inside the clinic as we were preparing it.”

Al-Dasougi called for an international investigation into the massacre, which he described as “horrific,” while the protesters were completely peaceful.

He said that the massacre was “deliberately committed because the electricity was cut and the gas was fired inside the clinic.”