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July 28, 2013 11:34 am

Muslim Brotherhood Claims 66 Dead, 61 on Life Support; ‘Worst Single Mass Killing in Egypt’ Since Mubarak Overthrown in 2011

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Wounded Egyptian being carried off after millions demonstrate against military rule. Photo: Screenshot.

Wounded Egyptian being carried off after millions demonstrate against military rule. Photo: Screenshot.

Guardian – Egyptian security forces and armed men in plain clothes killed scores of Muslim Brotherhood protesters on Saturday as the brutal and organised crackdown on the Islamist party and its supporters appeared to be gathering pace.

In what is the worst single mass killing in Egypt since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak two-and-a-half years ago, a Brotherhood spokesman said 66 of the party’s supporters were shot and killed on the fringes of a sit-in at a Cairo mosque demanding the return of former president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed on 3 July, and another 61 were “brain dead” on life-support machines. Government officials claim that the number of dead was 65, a death toll greater than the Republican Guards massacre on 8 July that saw 51 killed.

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