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Sunday, August 18, 2013

800 dead in 4 days of Egypt clashes Gen Sisi: Army Won’t Allow Violence

Cairo: Even as the death toll in four days of violence crossed 800, Egypt's military leader General Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi vowed that the army will not stand by silently in the face of violence. 
    Gen el-Sisi also said on Sunday that the army has no intention to seize power and called on the Islamists to join the political process. "There is room for everyone," said Sisi to supporters of Morsi. 
    Under the banner of an anti-coup alliance, the Muslim Brotherhood said it will hold a demonstration in front of the building. Six big marches were heading towards the Roxi Square in Heliopolis. The protesters were heard chanting, "We can give our life and blood for Islam." This district hosts the Egyptian military headquarters. The anti-coup alliance cancelled a big rally in Cairo because of fear from thugs, local resident and snipers. 
    At least 811 people have been killed across Egypt after the security forces stormed and dispersed two major sitins in Cairo on Wednesday. The Muslim Brotherhood 
website has put up a list of 1,300 'martyrs' who have died in the sit-in at Rabaa el Adaweya mosque in Nasr City. 
Meanwhile, the Egyptian government has begun deliberations on banning the Muslim Brotherhood. 
    "There will be no reconciliation with those whose hands have been stained with blood and who turned weapons against the state and its institutions," Egyptian PM Hazem el-Beblawi said. 

    Egyptian authorities raided the homes of Muslim Brotherhood members on Sunday in an apparent attempt to disrupt the group ahead of planned mass rallies by supporters of country's ousted president. Sweeping raids were carried on early Sunday morning, and security authorities detained mid-level officials and field operatives in several cities, according to security officials and group statements. 

    In Assiut, 200 miles south of Cairo, 163 of the group's officials and operatives were rounded up. Egyptian foreign affairs minister Nabil Fahmy denounced the international criticism for using "excessive force" in dispersing pro-Morsi sit-ins on Wednesday. 
    Fahmy argued that the international community is letting down Egypt by not condemning violence from the side of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies.

A policeman (C) points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square


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