The deaths of three dozen Islamist detainees in Egyptian police custody this week prompted U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday to call for a “full investigation” into the incident.
Ban said he was "deeply disturbed by the reported deaths” of the prisoners as they were being transferred to a different facility in Cairo, according to his spokesman Martin Nesirky.
“He calls for a full investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding this incident,” Nesirky said, as quoted by AFP news agency.
The Egyptian government said 37 Islamist detainees died on Sunday after police fired tear gas in a bid to free an officer taken hostage by prisoners, as the inmates were being transferred to a north Cairo jail.
But Egypt’s Anti-Coup Alliance, supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, said it had "obtained evidence of the assassination of anti-coup detainees in a truck transferring them to Abu Zaabal prison.
"They were reportedly assassinated in their truck with live ammunition and tear gas fired from windows."
The Muslim Brotherhood held the police accountable, accusing them of “murder,” AFP reported.
Ban also condemned a militant ambush of police buses in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday that left 25 policemen dead.
Egypt security forces kill journalist after curfew startsEgyptian security forces killed the bureau chief of a provincial office of state newspaper Al-Ahram on Monday after opening fire on a car they thought ... Media
Report: Obama administration temporarily suspends Egypt military aidA U.S. Senator reportedly said on Monday that military aid to Egypt has been temporarily cut off, in a move that would mean the U.S. has ... World News
Video: Egypt’s Brotherhood General Guide Mohammad Badie detainedMuslim Brotherhood’s General Guide Mohammad Badie has been arrested, Egypt's security sources told Al Arabiya on Tuesday. Badie was arrested in ... Middle East
Egypt’s new charter may ban religious political partiesEgypt’s new draft constitution may ban the formation of political parties based on religious grounds, the state-owned Al Ahram Online reported ... Middle East