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Egypt governorates demonstrate in solidarity with Gaza

Egyptians demonstrate across the country in solidarity with Gaza and in support of President Morsi's decision to recall Egypt's ambassador to Israel

Ahram Online and MENA, Saturday 17 Nov 2012
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Demonstrations broke out in Egypt's different governorates Friday, protesting Israel's ongoing attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The demonstrations were mainly called for by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. The call was also supported by other political groups.

In Alexandria, hundreds demonstrated at the Qaed Ibrahim Mosque. The Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria also released a statement in support of President Mohamed Morsi's decision to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador from Israel.

In Qalyoubeia governorate, the Muslim Brotherhood together with Gamaa Islamiya called for demonstrations also attended by several other political groups in the governorate's main squares.

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members demonstrated in Aswan's Kom Ombo and in Aswan city.

Hundreds demonstrated in Gharbeia's Tanta city in a protest called by the FJP and the Salafist Calling.

"Gaza is in our hearts" chanted demonstrators, who also carried banners reading "Rest in peace martyr, we will continue the struggle." Protesters in Gharbeia also chanted in support of Morsi's decision to withdraw Egypt's Israel ambassador.

In Assiut, hundreds also demonstrated, chanting "Salute from Assiut to Gaza and to Al-Qassam Brigades," referring to the armed resistance wing of Hamas. The demonstration was also attended by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Gamaa Islamiya.  

Since the opening Wednesday of Israel's onslaught on the Gaza Strip, Cairo has witnessed a series of protests against the Israeli attacks and demands for an end to Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Israel. Friday's demonstrations are the first to be organised by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which current President Mohamed Morsi hails.

On Wednesday, Morsi recalled Egypt's ambassador to Israel in response to mounting Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil visited Gaza to express solidarity with the Strip's besieged population of 1.7 million inhabitants.

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