Rights group urges restraint after protests against Sissi Sep 22, 2019 0 250 12345 dpaCairoAn international rights group has called on Egyptian authorities to protect the right to peaceful protest and to immediately release those detained, hours after the country saw rare protests against President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.Late on Friday, hundreds of Egyptians took to the streets in the capital Cairo and other cities. The protesters chanted slogans demanding the ouster of the ex-general, who took power in 2014, one year after he led the military overthrow of the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.Protests are rare in Egypt amid a crackdown on opposition and freedom of expression. Thousands of secular and Islamist opposition figures have been detained or sentenced to prison.“President [Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi] should direct the state security forces to abide by international standards for law enforcement during demonstrations,” Human Rights Watch said on Saturday.Citing media reports, HRW said that security forces had chased and rounded up protesters and surrounded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.“President [al-Sissi’s] security agencies have time and again used brutal force to crush peaceful protests,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East and North Africa director.“The authorities should recognize that the world is watching and take all necessary steps to avoid a repetition of past atrocities,” he added. RELATED ARTICLES Iran issues warning as US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia Sep 22, 2019 0 1584 Hundreds of protesters call for Egypt President Sisi to step down Sep 22, 2019 0 362 Hong Kong police, protesters clash in 16th weekend of rallies Sep 22, 2019 0 648 Saudi vows response to oil attacks ‘aggression’ Cairo: Saudi Arabia on Saturday vowed to take “appropriate measures” in response to last weekend’s attacks on its oil facilities that the kingdom blamed on Iran. Yemen’s Iran-linked Houthi rebels have claimed .. Somali pirates release Iranian held hostage since 2015 Nairobi: An Iranian held for more than four years by Somali pirates has been released, a humanitarian organization that helps hostages said on Saturday. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh was a crew member on the FV Siraj, an .. Second drone downed in 48 hours over south Syria, says Damascus AFP Damascus A drone was shot down on Saturday in Quneitra province in southern Syria, the second such incident in 48 hours, state media said. Authorities “dismantled a drone” after it was shot down on the edge of Jaba .. Nigeria rejects United Nations report on violence Abuja: Nigeria on Friday rejected the findings of a UN report on violence in the country accusing it of simply blaming the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. “While we agree that the violence in Nigeria, or in any .. Ready for Syria operation ahead of Trump talks, says Turkey’s Erdogan Ankara: Turkey’s preparations on the border with Syria ahead of a possible operation have been completed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday ahead of talks with US counterpart Donald Trump. “Our ..