Prominent Egyptian Salafist Sheikh Yasser El-Borhamy has levelled accusations at Muslim Brotherhood leaders for last August's violent dispersals of the group's two sit-ins in Cairo, saying that they are responsible for the hundreds of their members who were killed by security forces whom "they abandoned".
Speaking in the online "Ana Salafi" forum, a popular Salafist site administered by the Salafist Call, which El-Borhamy co-founded, he said that the Brotherhood encouraged its members to stand "in fake persistence against bullets" at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda so that their casualties would drive up the public's hatred of the army.
El-Borhamy added that the now-banned group's desperate last stand at the two protest sites had nothing to do with true Islamic jihad.
Describing Egyptian army minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as a "religious man," El-Borhamy said that it was not possible for the popular army leader to have given a command to kill all the protesters at the sit-ins.
"If it were so," he said, "there would have been tens of thousands of fatalities."
The Salafist forum in which El-Borhamy was speaking provides Islamic sheikhs to answer a variety of religious inquiries.