“Not even the ambulances are safe”
Army units and snipers are still stationed in Mansoura, around Martyrs’ Square. The neighbourhood is like a ghost town; all the shops are closed. Security forces ransacked many of them, and they also vandalised a display dedicated to martyrs from the South.Soldiers opened fire on protesters taking part in a funeral procession on June 22.Sometimes they fire at cars driving down nearby streets. Even ambulances are shot at. A few days ago [Editor’s note: on the night of the June 18], they burst into the Doctors Without Borders’ operating theatre and tried to drag a patient away.Lots of residents have deserted their homes. Of those people who have decided to stay and defend their property, most are members of local committees that were set up more than a year ago, at the beginning of the revolution [the popular uprising that led to the departure of President Abdullah Saleh in January 2012]. Some of them have fired at soldiers who approach their homes.