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Demo in Cairo against military intervention in Syria

Protesters gather in Cairo to reject possible military intervention in Syria

MENA , Friday 6 Sep 2013
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Dozens gathered on Friday in Cairo’s Sayyeda Zeinab square to oppose a possible US military strike against Syria.

Protesters chanted against both US leader Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

The protest comes amid discussions by the United States and its western allies of a possible strike on Syria in response to a chemical attack on the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus that killed hundreds of people.

Bashar Al-Assad’s government has denied responsibility for the chemical attack, blaming the incident instead on anti-regime rebel groups, although the US and its allies have rejected these claims.

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour told a US Congress delegation on Thursday that Egypt does not support an US decision on a military attack on Syria taken individually, denouncing the US's insistence on acting "without the approval of the UN security council and without commitment to international legitimacy.”

On 29 August, Egypt’s foreign minister stated that Egypt repudiates the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but it will not take part in any military strike and strongly opposes it in line with its opposition to any foreign military intervention in Syria.

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Jeffrey C. Marck
07-09-2013 05:51am
The American people know better
With the American government’s reputation deep in the Middle Eastern gutter due, among other things, to its great friend the government of Israel’s use of phosphorus bombs on civilian areas of Gaza and cluster bombs on civilian areas of southern Lebanon, my friends around the Middle East are not astonished that the people of America seem to be inclined to doubt the wisdom of the government of America getting involved with strikes against the government of Syria. The American government itself has a history in the region which includes the use of depleted uranium in two wars in Iraq, exacerbating Middle Eastern hatred towards the government of the United States and hatred towards its people; a people who seem to know better than President Obama the disingenuity of punishing the government of Syria for the kinds of war crimes the government of America’s great friend the government of Israel commits with such grand nonchalance.
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