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UN's Ban Ki Moon concerned over sexual assaults in Egypt

Published on Jul 2, 2013 10:30 PM
 
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon answers journalists' questions on the sideline of the 2013 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva on July 1, 2013. Mr Ban on Tuesday expressed concern about sexual violence used against female protestors in Egypt, where millions have taken to the streets to demand the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi. -- PHOTO: AFP

REYKJAVIK (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday expressed concern about sexual violence used against female protestors in Egypt, where millions have taken to the streets to demand the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.

"I really hope that while addressing all this current crisis in a peaceful manner, they (Egyptians) should pay more attention to the female demonstrators since we have seen many sexual assault cases over the course of the demonstrations," he told reporters in Reykjavik.

"Until now, I think that the situation has been managed rather peacefully, but unfortunately there have been some casualties, particularly females that have been injured or killed," he added.

Mursi on Tuesday rejected an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if the presidency did not meet the demands of the people.

 
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