Red Cross urges 'respect for human life' in Egypt

29th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Red Cross on Saturday urged Egyptian authorities and demonstrators to "respect human life" as nationwide protests that have left at least 51 dead continued for a fifth day.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that it feared more casualties, as fresh riots erupted in several cities.

"The ICRC calls upon the authorities, demonstrators and others involved to respect human life and dignity at all times," said ICRC head of operations for the Middle East Beatrice Megevand-Roggo.

"People who have been wounded and health-care personnel, vehicles and facilities must be respected by all."

"Security forces must apply international standards governing the use of force in their efforts to restore law and order," she added.

"Those who are arrested must be treated in conformity with the law."

Anti-government protesters defying a military curfew fought running battles in Cairo on Saturday, throwing Molotov cocktails at police who responded with gunfire.

President Hosni Mubarak on Friday called out the army with orders to help police quell protests.

© 2011 AFP

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