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Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of woman being sexually assaulted in Cairo square

Published on Jun 13, 2014 5:52 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video showing a naked woman with injuries being dragged through Cairo's Tahrir Square after being sexually assaulted during celebrations for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration.

Sunday night's assault took place as thousands of people enjoyed inauguration festivities, raising new worries about Egypt's commitment to fighting sexual violence.

The authorities arrested seven men aged between 15 and 49 for sexually harassing women on Tahrir Square after the posting of the video, which caused an uproar in local and international media.

It was not clear whether the men arrested took part in the assault shown on the video. "The Egyptian embassy in Washington D.C. and a number of Egyptian authorities, at the direction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have requested the YouTube administration to remove the video of the sexual assault victim," Mr Sisi's spokesman said. "This came in response to her wish, which she expressed during the president's visit to her yesterday at the hospital to check on her condition," he added in an e-mailed statement late on Thursday.

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