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  • Egypt asks YouTube to remove Tahrir sex attack video

    Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video showing a naked woman with injuries being dragged through Cairo's Tahrir Square after being sexually assaulted during celebrations for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's inauguration.

    The Sunday night's assault took place as thousands of people enjoyed inauguration festivities, raising new worries about Egypt's commitment to fighting sexual violence.

    Authorities arrested seven men aged between 15 and 49 for sexually harassing women on Tahrir Square after the posting of the video, which caused an uproar in local and international media. 

    It was not clear whether the men arrested took part in the assault shown on the video.

    "The Egyptian embassy in Washington DC and a number of Egyptian authorities, at the direction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have requested the YouTube administration to remove the video of the sexual assault victim," Sisi's spokesman said on Friday.


     A handout photo shows Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (R) visiting the victim of sexual assault (L, face obscured by the source) currently receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt [EPA] 

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