Egyptian riot policemen secure a street during a rally by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohammad Morsi in cairo July 3, 2014. (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)
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Human Rights Watch Tuesday accused top officials in Egypt of likely "crimes against humanity" in an August 14, 2013 crackdown in which hundreds of protesters were killed.A HRW report said its own investigation into the crackdown and interviews with more than 200 witnesses showed that security forces intentionally used "excessive lethal force" in breaking the sit-ins.Last August's crackdown was launched after thousands of pro-Morsi supporters refused to end their sit-ins despite repeated warnings by the authorities installed by then army chief and now President Sisi, who had ousted Morsi just weeks earlier.Sisi went on to succeed Morsi, becoming Egypt's second democratically elected president after a landslide victory in a May vote.Roth and HRW's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson were barred from entering Egypt ahead of the release of the report.
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