Public Prosecution orders Tahrir rape investigation

The Public Prosecution has ordered an immediate investigation into the rape of a woman in Tahrir Square during demonstrations on Friday.

Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah said a group of five youths, taking advantage of the darkness and the crowds in the square, took turns raping the 19-year-old woman and then left her unconscious and fled.

The woman is reportedly in critical condition at Qasr al-Aini hospital as a result of internal injuries.

Witnesses have increasingly reported cases of sexual assault in Tahrir Square during demonstrations over the past few days, and activists have stepped up patrols in a bid to stem the violence.

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