Amnesty report claims hundreds of people in Egypt have been 'disappeared and tortured'

The human rights organisation claims authorities are attempting to 'wipe out peaceful dissent'

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Amnesty International has claimed that hundreds of people, including teeangers, have been 'forcibly disappeared' in Egypt.

The human rights organisation says the country's National Security Agency (NSA) has abducted and tortured people "in an effort to intimidate opponents and wipe out peaceful dissent".

Amnesty's report details the cases of 17 people subjected to 'enforced disappearance', with some detainees being held for months before release.

Two 14-year-old boys are said to have been abused as part of efforts to extract a false confession.

As well as students, political activists and protesters are among those reported to have been abducted. Family members of 'principal targets' are among the other alleged victims.

The case of Islam Khalil is detailed in the report. Amnesty says he was "brutally beaten, given electric shocks including on his genitals, and suspended naked by his wrists and ankles for hours at a time" during his 122-day detention.

Colm O'Gorman, the director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “This report reveals the shocking and ruthless tactics that the Egyptian authorities are prepared to employ in their efforts to terrify protesters and dissidents into silence.

"The report exposes not only the brutality faced by those disappeared but also the collusion between national security forces and judicial authorities, who have been prepared to lie to cover their tracks or failed to investigate torture allegations, making them complicit in serious human rights violations."

Amensty's report follows the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo earlier this year. His body showed signs of torture.

The Egyptian authorities have denied any involvement in Mr Regeni's death.

The Amnesty report claims there were "similarities between his injuries and those of Egyptians who died in custody", and suggests "that his death is just the tip of the iceberg".

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