Four young men were shot in the arm and chest during a game of pool when three men came inside the game room and asked the young men to stop playing and “do something useful.”
Eyewitnesses reported that the men told them what they were doing was “haram,” or forbidden, in Islam.
When a young kid replied rudely to the men, they came back a few minutes later and opened fire. Eyewitnesses said at least 15 people took part in the attack. They used live ammunition and rubber bullets.
The injured are between 14- and 22-years-old.
They reported that the men beat and assaulted the injured after they fell to the ground.
“I did not imagine he would continue to hit me with his foot on my head after I fell,” one injured kid told the media on Sunday.
Another eyewitness said they tried to call for help, but the police ignored their pleas and did not show up until the people took the injured to the hospital.
Al-Haram, a populated residential area a stone’s throw away from the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, and which is predominantly middle-class, has been the scene of other harassments during the past two weeks as shopping mallgoers reported being verbally bullied and harassed by people who wear the “Islamic conservative dress” promising them tougher laws against women and secularists, saying “a new president has come to teach you morals.”
Veiled women reported they approached them, urging them to wear a stricter dress and preferably remain at home.
Many women and human rights organizations condemned the recent bullying reports, demanding that the new president Mohamed Morsi intervene to put an end to female intimidation attempts in public places.