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Ankara denies inciting Cairo clashes

Turkish foreign ministry rejects media claims it plotted with Muslim Brotherhood to provoke clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud anniversary

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Egyptian ministry of defense in 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Turkish foreign ministry has denied instigating Tuesday's clashes in Cairo after allegations were made in the Egyptian media.

"Some media outlets in Egypt have mentioned Turkey as one of the instigators of the 19 November clashes. We are saddened by these reports which are completely baseless. We are confident that the brotherly people of Egypt will not heed these reports. Turkey's only wish is the peace and wellbeing of Egypt," said an official statement on the ministry's official website.

Several Egyptian newspapers and TV shows have accused Turkish intelligence of plotting with the Muslim Brotherhood to instigate unrest on the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes.

On Tuesday, anti-military protesters fought with supporters of army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and later with security forces. Two protesters died and dozens were injured in the violence.

In November 2011, some 47 people were killed and at least 3,000 wounded during days of street battles between protesters and police on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Cairo. The violence was the first real challenge to the military junta which assumed power after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. 

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