Egyptian Security Forces Accused of Extra-Judicial Killings

Egyptian security forces are accused of killing dozens of alleged militants in extrajudicial executions before claiming the deaths occurred during “shootouts.”

Human Rights Watch said in a report that Egypt’s Interior Ministry police and National Security Agency officers have allegedly killed dozens of alleged “terrorists” in extrajudicial executions.

“Egyptian security forces have for years carried out extrajudicial executions, claiming that the men had been killed in shootouts,” Joe Stork said, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. 

“It’s overdue for countries providing weapons and security assistance to Egypt to halt such assistance and distance themselves from Egypt’s appalling abuses,” he added.

According to interior ministry statements cited by Human Rights Watch, 755 such killings occurred between 2015 and 2020. 

The interior ministry also said that most of those killed over the five years were being hunted for “terrorism” and that the majority of those killed were members of the Muslim Brotherhood. 

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