Egypt group criticizes police over sit-in breakup

Riot police clear the area of members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed President Musi, at Rabaa Adawiya square, in Cairo, on Aug. 14, 2013. (Reuters)

Egypt's government-appointed human rights council has blamed security forces for using excessive gunfire and failing to protect peaceful supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president during a crackdown on their sit-in last summer that killed hundreds.

The National Council for Human Rights, however, said gunmen inside the encampment shot at police officers, escalating the violence at the sit-in outside Rabaa al-Adawiyah mosque on Aug. 14.

The council's report, released Wednesday, is the first official investigation into the breakup of the weekslong sit-in by Mohammad Mursi supporters.

Although the report holds protest organizers responsible for allowing armed men in, it offers a rare criticism of Egyptian security agencies' excessive use of force to break up the sit-in.

The council said the violence killed 624 civilians and eight police officers.


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