Egypt: `100 prisoners killed during protest`

A report described the deaths recorded between January 29 and February 20 as deliberate.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2011, 10:03 AM IST

Cairo: At least 100 people held in Egypt`s prisons were killed during the 18 days of protests that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak`s government in February, an Egyptian human rights group has said.

"More than 100 prisoners were killed and hundreds hurt at only five prisons," the report by Cairo-based Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said.

The report described the deaths recorded between January 29 and February 20 as "deliberate".

It said guards at one prison filled cells with tear gas "and when the prisoners were out of the cells to escape the gas, they were shot in the yard".

EIPR compiled the data through the testimony of victims` families and photographs and videos recorded on mobile phones.

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