Egypt: Govt Orders Securirty Forces to Use Live Ammunition If Needed

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An Egyptian woman mourns dead protesters in Raba’a Al-Adaweya set-in camp in Cairo’s Nasr City.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry ordered its forces to use live ammunition when dealing with any attacks on security forces or building institutions, citing its legal right to defence.

In light of the Muslim Brotherhood’s targeting of some police and state institutions in several cities, the law permits policemen to use measures to secure the national and stop attacks on citizens and public and private property, the ministry wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.

All forces in charge of securing and guarding these vital facilities were supplied with arms and vital facilities to abort any attack against them, the statement added.