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On Tuesday night, Egyptian security forces arrested, beat and sexually assaulted about a dozen female protesters before leaving them in the desert outside of Cairo, the protesters said. The women, many of whom are high-profile activists, were part of a larger protest against military trials for civilians that was violently dispersed in accordance with a new anti-protest law.

Mona Seif, one of the protesters arrested, said in a video on social media that she and other demonstrators were left in a secluded part of the desert after being “dragged and beaten up,” the Associated Press reports.

Rasha Abdulla, a member of the group “No to Military Trials for Civilians,” said she drove to pick up the female protesters in the desert Tuesday night. The detained women told her they were beaten and touched in a sexual way, she said.

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