Reporting Steve Miller
CHICAGO (CBS) – Egyptian Americans in the Chicago area are condemning the violence in Egypt – and they say the United States is partly to blame.
With hundreds dead in Egypt, most of them supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, some Egyptian Americans in Chicago say the real number of dead is in the thousands.
“This is even worse than genocide. With genocide, you kill the people and walk away. Now we kill the people and burn the corpse,” said Faisal Hammouda.
Faisal Hammouda of the Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights.
“This is worse than genocide. This is using a full army, police forces, security forces on unarmed, peaceful demonstrators.”
Reports from Egypt indicate not all demonstrators are unarmed – and there have been casualties among security forces.
Hammouda says the U.S. is responsible for the killings of protesters because the security forces are using arms that came as a result of American aid.
Chicagoan Samir Abdelmawla says his cousin was shot yesterday in the shoulder during the protests in Egypt.
Moustafa El Rayes stood with thousands who took to the streets to support ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
His family says police stormed the field hospital – and assaulted the injured – including El Rayes.
“He was beaten. He was hit on his head and he was beaten on his back,” said Abdelmawla
Abdelmawla says his cousin survived.