U.S. Reporter Alleges Assault in Egypt

Mona Eltahawy, an American-based Egyptian journalist, says she was sexually assaulted and physically abused during a harrowing 12-hour detention inside Cairo’s Interior Ministry yesterday. Eltahawy shared her ordeal on Twitter, writing that she was blindfolded, groped by five or six men, and both of her arms were broken. She tweeted pictures of her casts and said she had been given no explanation behind her arrest. A representative from the U.S. embassy in Cairo says the allegations are “very concerning” and that they are talking to Egyptian authorities. Eltahawy has written for the Toronto Star, The Washington Post, the Guardian, and other publications.