Egypt Public Hospital Closed Down After Attack on Doctors

Egypt’s Qasr al-Aini hospital was shut down following an attack by armed men on doctors and patients early today, a police officer said.

The family of a patient who died at the facility this morning after he was shot during a fight between two families in Cairo’s Boulaq district beat several doctors, hospital staff and patients, Hany Girgis of the Qasr el-Nil police station said by phone today. They fired warning shots into the air and searched for members of the other family, he said, adding that the hospital’s administration decided to close the facility until the Ministry of Interior provides better security.

Several attacks have occurred at the country’s hospitals in the past month. The Egyptian Doctors Syndicate decided to begin a campaign aimed at exposing what it calls police negligence in securing hospitals, Ahram Online website reported today.

Members of the campaign plan to file complaints with both the police and the attorney general highlighting inadequate security at Egypt’s hospitals. They also plan to organize demonstrations and sit-ins at police stations around the nation.

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