by Mosaab ElShamy

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Two weeks before the final and fatal August 14 attacks by security forces on the pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in at Raba’a al-Adaweya,┬ápolice launched an assault in the early hours of the morning on July 27, 2013.

It is believed that clashes broke out after some pro-Morsi protesters tried to block off a main road. While the Ministry of Interior claims to have only used tear gas and rubber bullets, eye-witnesses reported multiple live-bullet injuries. The Muslim Brotherhood placed the number of deaths at 120, with over 4,000 injuries. The Ministry of Health, however, reported thirty-eight deaths and over 200 injuries.

Read Mosa’ab Elshamy’s eyewitness account here.

Mosa’ab Elshamy is a freelance journalist based in Cairo covering news, events and current affairs. He has provided photos for numerous publications and websites.