Monday, July 8, 2013

Chaos and Death In Egypt - 42 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters of Morsi Killed In Cairo

 Supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi carry the body of a fellow supporter killed by violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo July 8, 2013.—Reuters Photo

Not that there's anything wrong with 42 dead Muslim Brotherhood members, mind you.

The story comes from DAWN.

Firing on Morsi supporters kills 42 in Egypt

CAIRO: At least 42 people were killed on Monday during an attack on supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi outside an elite army base in Cairo, a senior medical official said.

“The death toll is 42 dead and 322 wounded,” Ahmed al-Ansari, the deputy head of emergency services, told AFP.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has led pro-Morsi demonstrations, said 35 of its supporters were killed when police and troops fired at them while they were praying at dawn.

Witnesses, including Brotherhood supporters at the scene, said the army fired only tear gas and warning shots and that “thugs” in civilian clothes had carried out the deadly shooting.

The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, called for “an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks.”

It urged “the international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres ... and prevent a new Syria in the Arab world.”

Morsi loyalists seize two Egypt soldiers: army

Meanwhile, armed supporters of the ousted president seized two soldiers in Cairo after the earlier clashes, an army official said.

Both of the Egyptian soldiers, who were identified as Samir Abdallah Ali and Azzam Hazem Ali, “managed to escape their captors”, the official said.

The two had been put in a vehicle and forced to make pro-Morsi and anti-army statements on a loudspeaker, said the official, cited by state news agency MENA. One soldier had been “severely beaten up” and filmed while making the pro-Morsi statements, he added.

ElBaradei condemns killings, urges independent probe

Prominent Egyptian liberal leader Mohamed ElBaradei condemned the killing of at least 42 people outside the army headquarters and called for an independent investigation.

“Violence begets violence and should be strongly condemned. Independent Investigation a must. Peaceful transition is only way,” the Nobel Peace laureate said on his official Twitter account.

The National Salvation Front, a coalition of liberal and leftist groups headed by ElBaradei, also called for a transparent investigation into the events.

The NSF “strongly condemns” the violence and called for “an urgent and fair investigation into the tragic events that took place at dawn in front of the Republican Guard headquarters, and that the results be published transparently to the public.”

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