'National security' is the reason Egyptian authorities have given for the removal of pro-Morsi protesters they are describing as “terrorists.”
Egyptian authorities moved against a Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in, according to the Amnesty organization report from August 16, and the dispersal took about 10 hours. A medical student described how Rabaa al-Adawiya hospital had to be evacuated after security forces entered the building amid heavy tear gas fire, according to an account from that website report:
“The security forces were attacking the hospital. The doctors ordered us to close the curtains and windows to avoid the tear gas. 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 got into the first floor. … . One security officer hit me with the rifle-butt on my back and pushed me towards the stairs. I got out of the hospital. The security forces then told us to take the bodies and patients. The first floor was on fire.”
A doctor told the organization:
"There were dozens of dead bodies and hundreds of injured people. They mostly sustained live ammunition wounds to the upper part of the body."
But the protestors did fight back, according to the report, particularly following the official attempts at dispersals of the sit-ins. One police officer was decapitated on 14 August in Giza, according to an account by the cousin of the officer as told to Amnesty International.
A report from BusinessWeek reports that current clashes resulted in over 800 dead since police raided two Islamist protest camps on Aug. 14, and there is now news the European Union would “urgently review” relations with Egypt. The foreign minister of Egypt, Nabil Fahmy, condemns talk of cutting aid to Egypt, and says the government will not abandon its efforts to restore order. Further, Fahmy stated:
“We keep hearing if Egypt doesn’t do this or doesn’t do that, then aid will be stopped here or will be stopped there. If one side is revising aid they are giving, we are revising aid we receive as well.”