Amnesty International has called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into the massacre in Egypt, describing the Egyptian authorities ' reaction to the protests in the country as " grossly disproportionate. "
" Based on the initial testimonies and other evidence we ' ve gathered, there seems to be little doubt the security forces have been acting with blatant disregard for human life, and full investigations that are both impartial and independent are urgently needed, " said Philip Luther, Amnesty ' s Middle East and North Africa program director. He also accused Egyptian security forces of employing unnecessary lethal force and clearly violating international law and standards.
“While some protesters used violence, the authorities ' response was grossly disproportionate, seemingly not differentiating between violent and non - violent protesters. Bystanders were also caught - up in the violence, ” he added.
" Previous promises to use graduated force when dispersing the sit - ins and provide ample warning and safe exits were quickly broken, " the organization said. On Friday, thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi took part in what they called the " Day of Rage " against the army and its handpicked government. The security forces and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood fired on the supporters of Morsi - - the country’s first democratically elected leader - - leaving more than 100 people dead and hundreds more injured across the Arab country. The Brotherhood denounced Friday’s killings, saying the coup leaders had " lost their minds " and were devoid of any ethics and moral values. It added that the military coup against Morsi has backfired and it was time for the leaders to accept this fact. Egypt has faced international condemnation over the death of almost 640 people who were killed on Wednesday when the security forces cleared protest camps set up by pro - Morsi supporters to demonstrate against his ouster. On July 3, army chief Abdel Fattah al - Sisi announced that Morsi, a leading former member of the Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution. Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.