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In pictures: Police storm Cairo camp

Egyptian riot policemen storm the protest camp

Egyptian riot police armed with sticks and truncheons broke up a protest camp in Cairo where thousands of Sudanese were living.

Police surround Sudanese sitting on the ground

The protesters, whose demands for refugee status had been rejected, had been living in a small park outside UN offices for three months.

Sudanese protesters braving water cannon

At first, the protesters tried to stand their ground - some even praying as they were sprayed with water cannon...

A Sudanese refugee is carried away by the neck

... But in the end, the police managed to break up the camp.

A woman is carried away by Egyptian security forces

Witnesses reported seeing some Sudanese migrants unconscious on the ground.

An Egyptian riot police officer carries a Sudanese refugee child away

Twenty of the protesters died and about 30 were injured, Egyptian officials said.

An injured Egyptian riot policeman is carried away by colleagues

About two dozen police were also injured, the authorities said.

A Sudanese refugees tries to hand over his child through a bus window

The protesters, who included women and children, were forced on to buses and taken away.

The body of a Sudanese refugee girl lies on a stretcher

Injured migrants were taken to hospital but for some it was already too late.


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