Egypt: further bloodshed must be avoided

The Egyptian security forces must take urgent steps to avoid further bloodshed after a pro-Morsi sit-in was dispersed in Cairo today, Amnesty International said this afternoon.

Amnesty is currently working on the ground to verify any abuses that have been carried out.

Access to the main hospital in the area near the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya is reported to be restricted.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Director Philip Luther said:

“Security forces have a duty to prevent further loss of life. This must be an immediate priority.

“As an immediate step, any injured protesters must be granted unimpeded access to medical treatment. The authorities must also ensure safe exit for anyone wishing to leave the sit-in.”

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