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Ahram Online , Friday 30 Jan 2015
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A screenshot from a television broadcast of the funeral of a soldier in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbiya
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Thousands of mourners attended the funerals of a number of Egyptian soldiers who were killed in coordinated militant attacks in Sinai on Thursday.

Egyptian television stations showed thousands of people marching in funeral processions in the Nile Delta governorates of Gharbiya and Kafr El-Sheikh, and in the canal city of Suez. Local media reported similar turnout in other governorates across Egypt.

The crowd in Gharbiya chanted: “The people want an iron fist” and demanded “the execution of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

In Suez, thousands led by the governor and the chief of staff of the third field army marched in the home village of Captain Mohamed Adel Khater, who was among those killed during the militant attack.

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks which killed at least 30 people, mostly soldiers.
 
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi linked the violence to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that the deaths were a "price Egyptians were paying" for their ouster of the group's leader from the presidency in 2013. The group however has denied any link with militant attacks and on Friday called on the Egyptian army to "return to their barracks" in order to prevent bloodshed in Sinai.

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, and Minster of Defence Sedky Sobhi received the bodies of the victims at a military airport in Cairo after they were flown from Arish in caskets draped in the Egyptian flag. 

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William Abu Reziq, Beirut
31-01-2015 06:27pm
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Egypt is facing a dilemma.
Egyptis facing a dilemma between a Muslim Brotherhood that is hated by the deep state, the Powerful Coptic Church, and the Military establishment, on the one hand and a Nazi-like secular establishment that has kept Egypt down the drain since the downfall of King Farouk in 1952, on the other. The ideal solution is open democracy. But the deep state won't allow open democracy since the Islamists would win any free election. Hence, the ongoing deadlock.
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Allen
31-01-2015 04:46am
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" The execution of the Muslim brotherhood " may be a chant on Egyptian streets.
But chants alone won't rid Egypt from its Muslim brotherhood cancer. ACTUAL executions for this criminal organization are long overdue. Starting with the terrorist Morsi first in line. The Muslim brotherhood terrorists have no qualms executing Egyptians right and left. Time the tables are turned.
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Betty Carter
31-01-2015 03:13am
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My heart goes out to the families who lost their beloved sons at the hands of this radical group. Is there any way that the military can use air power to help eradicate the fanatics that are causing the loss of so many of Egypt's sons?
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
30-01-2015 10:04pm
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Egypt...EL SISI
.. Demanded “the execution of the Muslim Brotherhood”. YES...and..YES..HANG THE THUGS AS A START THEN TAKE CARE OF THE REST .. BY ERADICATING THE EL-BANA DIRT BAGS SINCE 1928.
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