egyptSince the night police stormed into a Cairo bathhouse and dragged out a group of near-naked men, Hassan Sherif fears a widening police crackdown on homosexuals in Egypt. The 32-year-old gay man, who lives with his boyfriend in a Cairo apartment, feels they could be among the next targets of police action that activists say has intensified under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. “There is a constant fear and anxiety. I never had this kind of feeling in my life. Now you are afraid in your own home,” said Sherif, who did not give his real name for fear of retribution. A doctor by profession, Sherif is still haunted by television images of the December 7 night-time raid on the public bathhouse. Police targeted the hammam after television presenter Mona al-Iraqi tipped them off, saying the bathhouse had become a “den of male sex trafficking”. More