According to Reuters, approximately 38 Muslim Brotherhood supporters are reported dead in Egypt after attempting to escape police custody just outside Cairo, it has just been reported.
The death toll was not initially corroborated by the Interior Minister, although a statement was made that a group of prisoners tried to escape from detention just outside Cairo, whilst taking a police officer hostage.
In ensuing conflicts, the Ministry had reported that some people of an undisclosed figure had been killed from tear gas inhalation. They went on to report that the police officer was injured but had been released.
But Reuters was then informed by a legal source that the Brotherhood supporters had indeed died by tear gas suffocation after being crammed into the back of a police van on their way to Abo Zaabal prison.
Police have reported that they have already arrested over 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers over the past few days in an attempt to regain order.
Meanwhile, the head of the Egyptian armed forces released a message to Morsi’s supporters: “There is room for everyone.” He went on to urge people to be instrumental in helping to “rebuild the democratic path”, adding a warning that “violence against the state will not be tolerated.
Written by: Brucella Newman