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Mom’s desperate text to daughter killed in Egypt: ‘Habiba, please reassure me’

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Woman at protest camp in Cairo exchanges texts with mother

Reporter is there on personal time, assisting injured

She dies during a raid on pro-Morsy camp

CNN —  

Cold and shivering, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz exchanged worried texts with her mother Wednesday morning as Egyptian security forces moved toward and blocked roads leading to a protest camp in Cairo.

The crowds are massive and on high alert. Pray for us, mother.

“I entrust you to God the Almighty,” her mother responded.

“I’m heading to the platform in a little while. There are tanks there,” Elaziz replied.

Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz exchanged texts with her mother before being killed in Cairo.
Gulf News, Dubai
Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz exchanged texts with her mother before being killed in Cairo.

It was her last text.

Elaziz, 26, was one of the scores of people killed as security forces stormed Rabaa al-Adawiya camp filled with supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. It was not clear who fired the bullet during clashes between the two sides.

The dramatic text exchange, published by The National, was confirmed to CNN by Elaziz’s younger sister, Arwa Ramadan.

A staff reporter with the United Arab Emirates-based Xpress weekly newspaper, Elaziz was in her native Egypt in a personal capacity, having celebrated the Eid holiday.