Violent clashes in Egypt between security forces and Morsi supporters


Egypt's security forces spent tense hours over the weekend, they say, controlling Muslim Brotherhood protesters, responding to provocation. But for the Muslim Brotherhood it was a slaughter, civilians hit by snipers, now martyrs for the cause. Will the weekend violence entrench positions in one of the Middle East's most populous and strategically important nations, and beget more violence and confrontation?

Tirana Hassan - Sr. Researcher, Human Rights Watch

"Within 6 hours ... or just now 8 hours, we accepted just now more than 100 dead and more than 1500 injured patients. They're mostly killed by bullet wounds, especially by snipers, most injuries and most wounds, the brain has come out or nearly cut throat. I am sorry, I am disturbed. I am disturbed. 8 hours of bullet shoots, it's incredible. Just like animals. I think the mercy ... you can't treat animals as this ... I can't imagine ... I can't imagine as a doctor.".

That was Dr. Hesham Ibrahim, a doctor at a field hospital in Cairo speaking with the BBC after a bloody weekend which saw at least 80 people killed in clashes between Egypt's security forces and supporters of the country's deposed president, Mohammed Morsi.

The United Nations and the United States urged both sides over the weekend to exercise restraint. The Europe Union's foreign policy chief arrived today in Cairo to make a similar plea. The problem is, this kind of violent escalation does not tend to lead to restraint.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm over they way demonstrators died over the weekend, calling their deaths 'targeted killings'.

Tirana Hassan is a senior researcher in the emergency division with Human Rights Watch and we reached her in Cairo.

Sharif Kouddous - Democracy Now! Reporter

Sharif Kouddous is a reporter with Democracy Now! and a fellow at The Nation Institute. He was at the same field hospital over the weekend. He was in Cairo.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino.

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