At least 846 Egyptians died in the nearly three-week-long popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak’s decades-long regime and spurred widespread regional turmoil, a government fact-finding mission announced Tuesday.
In their report, the panel of judges described police forces shooting protesters in the head and chest with live ammunition and presented a death toll more than twice that of previous official estimates.
The fatal shots were due to firing bullets at the head and the chest, the report read, adding that a huge number of eye injuries filled hospitals, with hundreds losing their sight.
Among the mission’s conclusions, was confirmation that policemen commandeered a U.S. embassy vehicle and used it to run over protesters on Feb. 2, the same day horses and camels charged demonstrators in Tahrir square, the epicenter of Egyptian protests.
In one prison, Wadi el-Natroun, prisoners told the commission that the prison guards cut water and electricity supplies, suggesting that the administration forced the prisoners to stage riots and escape.
Others testified that the guards fired in the air and used tear gas to terrorize prisoners and force them to flee.
The fact finding mission comes a week after Egypt’s prosecutor general announced a 15-day detention for former President Hosni Mubarak to investigate accusations of corruption and abuse of authority.
The Egyptian president’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, were detained as well for investigation.
Mubarak, 82, was hospitalized last week with heart problems as investigations began over his own role in corruption and suppressing the protests that eventually led to his ouster.
The former Egyptian president was deposed Feb. 11 after 18 days of popular protests and has been under house arrest in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for the last two months.