Controversial video allegedly shows soldier shooting at protesters

By Nourhan Dakroury

A video of a man wearing army fatigues shooting from a building with a cameraman standing next to him was shared on multiple social media websites.

The video, labelled as having been shot outside of the Republican Guard headquarters, showed many wounded victims being transported to cars serving as shelters.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing the Freedom and Justice Party’s (FJP) branch of Helwan shared the video on their page, saying that snipers from the military were shooting at those sitting in front of the Republican Guard headquarters.

The FJP page also showed a still image of the “soldier” and the cameraman with the title, “A hand to kill and a hand to fabricate.”

Army spokesman Ahmed Ali said that the video could have been fabricated, explaining that the Brotherhood had occupied all of Tayaran Street in front of the Republican Guard headquarters, and that no soldiers had access to the street.

Ali added that there were many incidents where civilians had obtained military uniforms, describing such an act as psychological warfare.

He said that although it is impossible to affirm from the video whether the uniform was fake, he explained that there are usually clear marks on real ones.

Additional reporting by Joel Gulhane

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