Between arrests and killings crisis continue in Egypt after the 16 month detention of a Yaqeen journalist Ahmed Gamal Zeyada accused of 12 crimes including belonging to an outlawed group, attacking a policeman, breaking the law, assembly and burning of public and private property was targeted on a bridge last night in Cairo.
Two men one dressed in jeans and a jacket and the other in a 'galabeya' were on the middle of the bridge and aimed there gun at Ahmed and shot pellets in his direction. Ahmed grabbed hold of the weapon and pointed it away prompting the other thug to stab him four times in his back, stomach, thigh and left side. According to a family member he underwent surgery from his wounds at the Bulaq General Hospital. The attack took place in front of witnesses on the bridge at the time.
His brother stated that the attack on his brother was politically motivated because of his articles opposing the regime were routinely published since no attempts of stealing were made despite his brother carrying a large amount of cash and his mobile. Furthermore his brother was the only one attacked proving he was targeted.
Fears were raised after his family tried moving Ahmed to another hospital for treatment however and was prevented and denied a hospital report.
For its part HRM expresses its concern regarding the journalist's fate since the regime has announced an ongoing battle against journalists. HRM holds the state fully responsible for the life, wellbeing and safety of Ahmed and calls on it to respect difference of opinion and freedom of expression.