Amnesty: Egypt used excessive force at rare protests

The watchdog says it has had to suspend its campaign and research work in India

Amnesty International says that the security forces in Egypt used teargas, batons and birdshot as well as live ammunition on at least one occasion to quell rare anti-government protests last month.

The human rights group says that its sources have told it that the security forces killed two men and subjected hundreds more to arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.

Amnesty says that its report is based on interviews with eyewitnesses, lawyers and the review of videos of the protests, which took place in a number of poor districts in both rural and urban areas in the middle of last month.