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Voices set the scene on Egypt’s days of violence

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi react from tear gas and take cover during clashes in front of Azbkya police station at Ramses Square in Cairo, Aug. 16, 2013.


Voices from the Egyptian crackdown on supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi:


"Men, young ladies, old women, under attack. The kids here on the bridge – we are under attack … there is no way down. Hundreds of thousands of us are on the bridge. They are attacking us from the front, they are attacking us from behind. We have nowhere to go."

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An account told to Al Jazeera by a protester who gave his name as Ahmed Tohami, who said he was on the 6th of October Bridge and that there was "blood in the streets" as police fired tear gas and bullets at people marching toward Ramses Square

"The cabinet affirms that the government, the armed forces, the police and the great people of Egypt are united in confronting the malicious terrorist plot by the Muslim Brotherhood."

A statement from the military-appointed cabinet


"Those who ignore the coup and don't even display the honourable behaviour of calling a 'coup' a 'coup,' share in the guilt of the massacre of those children. Anyone or any international organization that remains silent and takes no action has the blood of those innocent children on their hands, just like those who carried out the coup."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a supporter of ousted president Mohammed Morsi

"They just drink tea inside, they just throw the bodies on the floor with some ice."

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Atif Hashim, a 50-year-old teacher, who wanted to bury his cousin – a father of five young children. He was at a makeshift morgue for victims of the crackdown


"It was non-stop tear gas … and shots were coming from rooftops and the armoured vehicles. … Shots were raining down on us."

A protester, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, describing the scene at the entrance to the Rabaa al-Adawiya encampment of Morsi supporters to Amnesty International researchers

"They were shooting at the gate of the hospital. … I went out and a man securing the gate was shot in the head next to me. …There were hundreds injured and dead. … At about 5 p.m., there was a gun pointing at me through the window. … There were three men, two in black uniforms and one in civilian dress. … The one in civilian dress screamed at me, telling me to open the door. … I pleaded with them that there were only injured and dead inside, and they did not enter."

A nurse, also unidentified, in a field hospital at the pro-Morsi encampment, as told to Amnesty International

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"At around 5 p.m., I heard noise downstairs. … One of the doctors told us that the security forces were attacking the hospital. … I saw snipers on the roofs of buildings near the hospital; they were dressed in black. Then another doctor told us that the security forces had got into the first floor. … I went up and tried to tell the security forces that we could not transfer all the injured, as the numbers were too high. One security officer hit me on the back with the butt of his rifle and pushed me toward the stairs."

A medical student, also unidentified, described to Amnesty International the final moments before security forces entered the field hospital

With files from wires and Amnesty International

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