Published Saturday, 17 August 2013
A supporter of deposed Egyptian President sits on the floor of the Fateh Mosque (© Getty)
They are three women and a teenager, the children of Hussein Halawa - the Imam of Ireland's biggest mosque in Dublin. They had been on holiday in the country.
Omaima Halawa, 21, her two sisters Somaia, 27, and Fatima, 23, and their younger brother Ibrihim, 17, sought refuge in the building after 80 people were killed during clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the security forces on Friday.
They were able to leave on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier they described the situation as frightening - saying they were worried they may be attacked.
We want a safe passage out for the four of us. I do not trust (security forces) or the thugs. They have personally threatened to slaughter me when they see me.
"We are surrounded in the mosque both inside and outside," Omaima told RTE. "The security forces broke in and threw tear gas at us. There was a group of ladies who left. When they left they were attacked and taken. We are not safe."
Ms Halawa said Irish authorities have been touch. They had travelled to Egypt with their mother for a holiday earlier this summer, while their father remained in Dublin.
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "We can confirm we have been in touch with the group. We can also confirm that embassy staff have been in touch with the authorities in Egypt."
Hundreds of protestors are expected to take part in an Irish Anti War Movement rally at the Egyptian embassy in Dublin later on Saturday.
© UTV News