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All options open for pro-Morsi sit-in dispersal: Security source

Security source says no official statement made by interior ministry on pro-Morsi sit-in dispersal, amid leaks that the dispersal will begin Monday dawn

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 11 Aug 2013
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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi shout slogans at Nahda Square, where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 (Photo: AP)

A source from the interior ministry told Ahram Online Sunday that no official statement has been issued by the ministry regarding the dispersal of the sit-ins held by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza.

When asked about the dispersal taking place, the source said that "all options are on the table," affirming that security forces have recently intensified their presence around the sit-ins.

Earlier Sunday, media reports claimed that the dispersal is expected within 24 hours.

An official source, who spoke anonymously to AP, revealed that "action against the sit-ins ... could happen as early as daybreak Monday," adding that the police are preparing for possible clashes.

A similar statement was reported by Reuters which spoke to a senior security source who affirmed that security forces will be deployed around the sit-ins by dawn "to start of procedures that will eventually lead to a dispersal."

In response to the leaks, the Muslim Brotherhood called on their supporters to head to the sit-ins in Cairo and Giza immediately, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website. The Brotherhood are reportedly expected to issue a statement shortly.

Supporters of Morsi — the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies — have been staging two sit-ins, at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in the Nasr City district of Cairo and Al-Nahda Square in Giza, as well as daily rallies demanding Morsi's reinstatement since his popularly-backed army ouster 3 July.

On Wednesday, Egypt's presidency issued a statement describing the Brotherhood-led sit-ins as non-peaceful. Later PM Hazem El-Beblawi said in a televised speech that the decision to disperse the pro-Morsi sit-ins is final.

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12-08-2013 02:17pm
pro morsi dispersal by force
all eyes are on Egyptians army and they gonna conduct many innocent are going to loose their lifes. Everyone who commit crime will face consequence and brought to justice.
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12-08-2013 02:12pm
Clear these protests!!!!!
I live in Nasr City. These protests are NOT peaceful and I know this from personal observation. The camp is filthy. We can not sleep or live our normal lives. Get these people out of Nasr City immediately!!! It has been 6 weeks. NO OTHER COUNTRY WOULD ALLOW THIS. We all know police brutality in the USA and in the UK. Those countries protests did not last long at all if you remember Occupy Wall Street and the recent riots in England. In France the police clear protests with force especially against Africans and Arabs in the French ghettos. These same countries want Egypt to allow these destructive protests to continue!? The government must act now. The Brotherhood has abused its opportunity and it is time to move on. The Brotherhood must tell its followers to leave peacefully to avoid tragedy. What are security forces expected to do against masses of people who have prepared for battle in fortified encampments who have swore, like the thuggish Morsi, to "shed blood"?
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12-08-2013 10:54am
police army intervention
the responsibility for deaths violences chaos will be only on police army officers and president(including other high profile officials).
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12-08-2013 03:36am
Shame on the Brotherhood
I was once a member of the Brotherhood Youth. I quit the group in 2012 because I did not support Morsi's positions and actions that were against democracy and Egypt. I am ashamed of the Brotherhood today. The leaders are putting the lives of supporters and the people they have paid to sit in at risk. Why? So that Badie, Morsi, Shater, and the other privileged Brothers can negotiate deals for themselves. I am ashamed of a Brotherhood that was born in Egypt and whose members and leaders now call for a Free Egyptian Army. This is treason and morally indefensible. Sheikh Hassan el-Banna must be looking down on the Brotherhood with disgust, wondering what happened to his once noble cause.
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11-08-2013 11:47pm
About time
Its time to sort out these camps havnt hese people gotanything better to do than cause mayhem ,The egyption goverment is right to move in and disperse these camps,there is obviosly a faction of terorisom involved and it must also be stamped out.
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12-08-2013 03:20pm
You havent heard?
Why would they leave when they get free money and food? These are the slum people whom will fight till the death in order to get as much money as they can. They take it like a job they do the Muslim Brotherhoods dirty work and get paid for it. Its a simple as that!

11-08-2013 10:50pm
A freedom loving Egyptian
Hazem El-Beblawi needs to wait for a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to get his instructions on how to beat Egyptian protesters in the streets of Cairo. Otherwise he will get in trouble with Netanyahu.
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