Medics at a field hospital in Cairo treat the wounded after deadly violence Saturday.
Egyptian security forces opened fire on a Muslim Brotherhood protest early Saturday morning, killing roughly 65 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
The slayings took place at a sit-in east Cairo, where tens of thousands of Morsi supporters have camped since he was thrown out of office by a military coup July 3. It comes just two weeks after security forces slaughtered 51 Morsi supporters at a nearby protest.
The event constitutes “the worst state-led massacre since the fall of Hosni Mubarak,” wrote Patrick Kingsley of The Guardian. Scores of Morsi supporters have been killed since his overthrowing in early July.
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.
The deaths came as men in helmets and black police fatigues fired on crowds gathered before dawn on the fringes of a round-the-clock sit-in near a mosque in north-east Cairo, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement said.
“They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill,” said Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad. “The bullet wounds are in the head and chest.”