Egypt's military rulers said Monday that they are investigating video of a weekend attack by soldiers against an unarmed woman who was beaten, kicked and dragged away with her midriff exposed, according to news reports.
Gen. Adel Emara described it as an "isolated incident," Reuters reported. He added that the army had not given orders to clear the Cairo square that was the center of the movement that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the incidents as "shocking."
"This systematic degradation of Egyptian women dishonors the revolution, disgraces the state and its uniform and is not worthy of a great people," Clinton was quoted as saying in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Monday was the fourth day of clashes in Tahrir Square/ The death toll from the latest clashes between security forces and military-rule opponents stands at 13, with hundreds wounded and about 125 detained, according to Reuters.
The video shows the soldiers beating the woman with truncheons, with one stomping on her head. They pull her abaya over her head, exposing her blue bra and stomach, normally taboo in Arab culture. Despite the apparent severity of the beating, the woman survived.
The video also shows soldiers similarly bludgeoning a couple who watched the beating. They lie motionless on the street afterward. Their conditions or fates could not be determined.
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