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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Teenage boy hurled off ledge before beaten to death by Egyptian lynch mob

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 7th, 2013
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The ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by the military this month has led to widespread riots across Egypt, claiming at least 36 lives. Among those killed was a teenage boy who was apparently at the wrong place at the wrong time - hurled off a building's ledge before being beaten to death.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - His only apparent "crime" was celebrating the ouster of Morsi last week. In horrifying footage, the boy is seen hiding with three friends from a large group who had chased them in the city of Alexandria. Apparently filmed with a mobile phone from across the road, the boys are shown cowering from supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood during protests on Friday.

After the two sides traded insults, the mob had forced the boys on to a roof in the city's Sidi Jaber district. As the teenagers huddle on top of the 20-foot ledge, the mob begins throwing rocks at them as they attempt to climb after them. One man is seen carrying a black and white Al Qaeda flag.

Three of the boys are thrown off the fifth-floor ledge and beaten as they lie on the ground. Nineteen-year-old Hamada Badr died while his two friends were left seriously injured.

"Do you know the teenager that they killed and disfigured his body and threw from the fifth floor is only 19 and four days?" his father, Mohammed Badr said.

"All he was guilty of was that he was on the roof of the building, celebrating the ousting of Morsi. But the Brotherhood waged a war against whoever was celebrating Morsi's departure."

In addition to the 36 fatalities, at least 1,000 people have been injured since the coup.

British Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair was condemned for "rushing to judgment" by former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd after praising the coup. Blair argued that the alternative to the coup was "chaos" and the world could not afford to see Egypt collapse.

"Seventeen million people on the streets are not the same as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of power," Blair said.

Lord Hurd countered with "Tony Blair leaps in before he's thought things through. We need to keep our heads and not rush to judgment.

"We should keep our counsel... and wait for the last act of the drama which may be some years away."

Tensions in Egypt escalated yesterday after interim president Adly Mansour backtracked on a decision to make Mohamed ElBaradei prime minister after an Islamist party objected. Right-wingers say that ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace laureate, is too liberal.

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