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Egypt: 100 cases of rape in Tahrir Square

Reports from human rights organisations have revealed that the cases of sexual harassment and rape in Tahrir Square – where opposition supporters staged a sit-in – reached 100.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), about one hundred cases of sexual assault took place in Tahrir Square and its surroundings in Cairo during the past few days.

Based on the data of Egyptian organisations involved in combating this phenomenon, HRW pointed out that "at least 91 cases of assault had turned into rape since June 28."


From its headquarters in New York, the organisation report said that "five attacks were carried out against women on June 28, while the phenomenon reached its peak on Sunday June 30 with about 46 cases of sexual assault."

The report added that "about 17 cases of assault took place on the first of July and 23 in the second day of the same month."

The HRW report comes shortly after the confirmation of forensic reports that the Dutch tourist who was raped in Tahrir Square at the hands of opposition supporters was raped between 9 and 12 times.

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