London - The Egyptian military ordered senior doctors to
operate without anaesthetic on protesters injured during demonstrations against
military rule, according to extracts of a leaked report published in the
Guardian newspaper on Friday.
The report into military and police malpractice since 2011,
commissioned by President Mohammed Morsi, also found evidence that medical
staff and soldiers attacked demonstrators inside the same Cairo hospital, the
British newspaper reported.
Earlier leaks of the report accused the military of torture
and forced disappearances during the uprising against the rule of long-time
leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
The latest chapter deals with the treatment of protesters at
the Kobri el-Qoba military hospital in Cairo in May 2012.
According to the Guardian, the investigation was told that a
senior military doctor told doctors to operate without anaesthetic or
Another witness described how military doctors, soldiers and
medics "assaulted protesters by severely beating them and verbally
"I can't overestimate the importance of this
report," Heba Morayef, the director of Human Rights Watch in Egypt, told
"The army always said they took the side of protesters
and never fired a bullet against them. This report is the first time that there
has been any official condemnation of the military's responsibility for
torture, killing, or disappearances," he added.
Egypt's president promoted military commanders on Thursday
in show of support for the army amid rumours of tensions between the Islamist
leader and the once ruling generals.