Egypt death toll may be underestimated, activists say
The face of Egypt's revolution
- At least 300 people are known to have died in the protests
- Human rights researchers are trying to get an accurate count
- An investigation is needed, they say
(CNN) -- The number of people killed in Egypt's protests against President Hosni Mubarak could be two or even three times higher than previously estimated, a human rights activist on the ground warned Thursday.
Human Rights Watch has confirmed about 300 deaths, said Hossam Bahgat of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. But independent researchers have not been able to get information from many places, he said.
"We can definitely say that the most conservative number is 300. It could be twice or three times, if not more," he said.
Human rights activists have been visiting hospitals and morgues to try to get an accurate count, especially after a particularly brutal round of violence January 28-29, he said.
Could Hosni Mubarak step down Thursday?
But there are many places where they have not been able to reach or where they found officials unwilling to give them information, he said.
Tom Porteous of Human Rights Watch advised against focusing exclusively on the number killed.
"A death toll by itself does not give an indication of the abuses that took place," he said in the same briefing. "The number of people who died from close-range shooting is an indication that there is a need for investigation."
Part of complete coverage on
Pro-Mubarak supporters believe Egypt's former president is innocent of charges of corruption and killing protesters.
Fighting in Libya started with anti-government demonstrations in February and escalated into a nationwide civil war.
After months of seeming stalemate, Libyan rebels declared they were moving in on Tripoli. But who are they?
Six months and more than 17,000 air sorties after it began, NATO's Operation Unified Protector in the skies over Libya grinds on.
Click on countries in CNN's interactive map to see the roots of their unrest and where things stand today.
Are you in the Middle East or North Africa? Send iReport your images. Don't do anything that could put you at risk.
Behind the official smiles for the cameras some people in Libya's capital are waiting for the rebels, reports CNN's Ivan Watson.
Tunisia's Mohamed Bouazizi not only ignited a series of revolts but heralded the first appearance of Arab youth on the stage of modern history.
Most popular stories right now