Egypt officials blames protesters for deaths at pro-Mursi camp

by Reuters
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 13:00 GMT

CAIRO, March 5 (Reuters) - A government-appointed panel blamed supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi for the death of hundreds of people when security forces dispersed a protest camp last August, one of the bloodiest days in Egypt's modern history.

The panel accused pro-Mursi protesters of detaining and torturing residents in the Cairo district where one of the two sit-ins took place, and said that the protesters carried arms and shoot at security forces.

The panel also said security forces failed to give protestors enough time to leave a sit-in during the state's operation to disperse the protest.

(Reporting By Cairo Bureau; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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