Egyptian Police Kill 10 Sudanese in Cairo
Sudanese refugees and migrants stand defiantly as Egyptian security troops fire water cannons on them
By BEN CURTIS, Associated Press Writer
CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptian police fired water cannons on Sudanese war refugees and beat them with sticks Friday as they tried to dismantle a camp in a city park where the refugees have squatted for months. Ten Sudanese, including elderly people and children, were killed, the government said.
Hundreds of Sudanese have been living in the park since September to protest the U.N. refugee agency's refusal to consider them for refugee status. They want to be resettled in a third country, such as the United States or Britain, rather than go home after a peace deal ended the 21-year-long civil war in Sudan.
Thousands of security forces moved in before midnight and closed off the area around the city park where the camp had been set up near the refugee agency.
Police fired water cannons at the protesters, then invaded the park when the Sudanese still refused to leave
Police beat the unarmed migrants with batons, continuing to hit them even as they were being dragged to government buses waiting to take them away. One officer carried a girl of about 3 or 4 years old who was unconscious. An ambulance worker said the girl was dead.
Thirty migrants, mostly elderly people and children, were wounded and transferred to a nearby hospital, where 10 of them died, the ministry said. Twenty-three policemen were also wounded.
The Interior Ministry blamed the violence on the protesters.