Captain paralyzed during dispersal of Rabaa sit-in honored by Arab police
Captain Ramy Harb

CAIRO: Captain Ramy Harb, who sustained an injury making him a quadriplegic in 2013, has been selected as the Security Man of 2015 by the Arab Council of Interior Ministers, local news outlets reported Monday.

Harb, 26, was a member of the police forces tasked with the August 2013 dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in Nasr City, Cairo, which demanded the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi.

On Aug. 14, 2013, more than 600 people were killed during the bloody dispersal, according to figures by the interior and health ministries and the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR.) The police said that the protesters initiated the fire, while a fact-finding committee headed by prominent judge Fouad Abdel Moneim Riad reported in November 2014 that 10 policemen were killed in the event.

A bullet penetrated Harb’s neck, cutting his spinal cord one week before his wedding. At the expense of the Interior Ministry, he had spent a year and a half in Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, where he was able to move his hands and fingers, before he returned to Egypt in February, planning to marry his longtime sweetheart.

Quoted by Dar al-Hilal, Harb and a police unit in an armored vehicle were firing tear gas canisters when they were met with a hail of bullets and sniper shots as they approached the sit-in.

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