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Influential Salafist cleric warns of cycle of bloodshed in Egypt

Sheikh Mohamed Haasan warns of bloodshed following interior ministry's appeal to pro-Morsi protesters to clear sit-in

AP , Thursday 1 Aug 2013
Mohamed Hassan
Salafist cleric Mohamed Hassan
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An influential ultra-conservative Egyptian cleric on Thursday has warned that using violence to break up sit-in protests by supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi will lead to more bloodshed.

The emotional address by a tearful Mohamed Haasan comes hours after the Egyptian authorities offered thousands of pro-Morsi protesters "safe passage and protection" to end the demonstrations in Cairo's Nasr City and in Giza, near the Cairo University.

Haasan warned the military that a bloody confrontation would plunge it into conflict with the country's Islamists.

The military ousted the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July after days of mass protests by millions of Egyptians demanding that he step down. Morsi's supporters have been staging marathon sit-in protests at two locations in Cairo.

Haasan's 15 minutes appeal was aired Thursday by Al-Jazeera.

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