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Egypt's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya calls for end to turmoil after 'massacre'

Hardline Islamist group remains committed to peaceful opposition, according to a Saturday statement

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Jul 2013
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A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi tries to take cover as a police officer uses a shotgun during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo July 27, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's ultraconservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya group has condemned the deadly violence between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces early Saturday, which claimed dozens of lives.

The group has described the violence as "a hideous massacre against peaceful, unarmed protesters."

Egypt saw a night of deadly clashes between loyalists of Egypt's toppled Islamist leader and security forces on the fringe of a longstanding pro-Morsi vigil in northern Cairo.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the group which propelled Morsi to power, claimed 120 people had been killed and some 4,500 wounded. However, the health ministry has put the death toll lower, at 38. Conflicting reports on the numbers killed and injured are still coming in from medics.

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has blamed the Islamist group for the violence and said the police used teargas to disperse the protesters from the 6 October Bridge. Ibrahim denied that the police had used live ammunition or birdshot against protesters.

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya – a close ally of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood – urged "rational" Egyptians and rights groups to condemn the "criminal act" and to "work to curb the bloodletting of demonstrators [who] demand a return to legitimacy."

In a Saturday statement, the Islamist movement reiterated calls for all factions to endorse a plan to rein in deepening turmoil and "infighting" in the country.

It has also pledged to abide by peaceful means in its opposition to what it described as a "bloody coup" by Egypt's army against the country's first democratically elected president.

Egypt has been rocked by unrest since the ouster of Morsi on 3 July, following nationwide protests against his rule. Scores have been killed and hundreds wounded in violence between rival factions in the weeks since the change of government.

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Adam
28-07-2013 01:25pm
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No weapons for Egypt
We Americans are lobbying our government here hard to stop weapons shipments to the illegal military government of Egypt. The fighter plane shipments last week was just the beginning of this. No more Soviets to turn to for weapons anymore.
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Tamer
28-07-2013 11:29am
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Really?
So the authors of the 1997 Luxor massacre (among other murders and bombings...) are now proponents of peace and democracy? Tell that to the families of those you butchered in the name of Islam.
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Mohamed moiduddin
28-07-2013 11:28am
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Sisi and baradei should resign
They have blood on their hands only will get worse. For the love of Egypt the military should get rid of Sisi and baradei and judiciary interim president. Fatouh or Islamic waqt party should be appointed as interim and parliament and presidential and judiciary elections should be held according to voted constitution.
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Mr. Moble
27-07-2013 06:39pm
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A voice of reason
This mass killing of Egyptians by the authorities who overthrew the elected government of Morsi shows Americans that the individuals can currently control the levers of power in Egypt have no tolerance for anyone who opposes their rule. It will be difficult for western nations to trust these individuals in the future. Egyptians need to realize that without support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that their economy will collapse. Unless justice and democracy and equal treatment to all Egyptians is re-established, the Egyptian people are facing a challenging future.
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Ad567
27-07-2013 06:39pm
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War on Islam!
"a hideous massacre against peaceful, unarmed protesters."
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MEDO
27-07-2013 05:48pm
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We are not fooled!
PEACEFUL AND UNARMED PROTESTERS????? So the people throwing petrol bombs, stones and shooting guns were not members of the MB??? They were warned and did not listen, instead they tried to block 6th october bridge... Everyone knew what the response was going to be... maybe that was the game of the MB... another massacre to win public support! But sorry, my support is to the people of Egypt, who will stand united against terrorists and the MB
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Mohamed
28-07-2013 01:32pm
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We are not fooled
Do you even know what it means Terrorists? I doubt any American can ever define but they sure can be given as exampe what they do to people all over the world. The MB was elected by the vote not by force thereby the army should not have intervened maybe they are acting on the orders of the Americans.
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