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Egypt president announces 3 days of mourning; General Sisi vows 'to fight terrorists to the end'

President Mansour declares national mourning for soldiers killed in bomb attack, victims of train crash, and intelligence official who was assassinated; Defence Minister Sisi delivers harsh warning for those who attack soldiers

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
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President Adly Mansour and Defence Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Ahram)
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Egyptian presidency announced Wednesday a three-day period of mourning for the "martyrs of the nation", Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The stated martyrs include the 11 soldiers who died in North Sinai when a suicide bomber drove into their convoy on Wednesday, the 26 people who died on Monday in Giza when a train ploughed into a truck and a minibus at a railway crossing, and a senior officer in Egypt's National Security Apparatus, Mohamed Mabrouk, who was assassinated on Sunday.

Egypt's interim cabinet denied that a state of emergency would be reinstalled in the country following the Wednesday bomb attack, but said that an anti-terrorism law, drafted by the justice ministry, is currently being revised.

Meanwhile, in recorded and later televised comments, delivered upon the arrival on Wednesday evening of the slain soldiers' caskets at Almaza military air-base in Cairo, El-Sisi said that the attack would only increase the [government's] determination to fight back against those who use weapons against the military, the police and the state.

"People should know we are all ready to die in order for Egypt to stay alive," he said.

General El-Sisi was shown on state TV comforting the fallen soldiers' families, accompanied by Egypt's army chief of staff Lieutenant General Sedki Sobhi and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim.

"We do not fear, because we know if we fall while defending our country we will be martyrs; we will stand like martyrs in front of God," said El-Sisi.

The restive peninsula has seen a surge in attacks blamed on Islamic militants that targeted security in almost daily assaults since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi. Attacks on security and army targets in the Sinai region have killed tens of personnel since July.

Wednesday's attack is the bloodiest since mid-August when gunmen killed 25 police conscripts in an ambush on a security convoy in Rafah.

"Everyone who used weapons against the military and the police is a terrorist who want to crush his own people. We are there to fight this and be killed for this aim," El-Sisi said.

Dozens of militants have been killed since the army began a campaign to flush out "terrorists" and seize or destroy arms caches in the Sinai region.

"God only knows the pain in our souls," El-Sisi said in ending his speech.

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Farhan
21-11-2013 05:28pm
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Sisi and his puppets are the real terrorists
They have killed thousands of people, banned all free media, banned opposition political parties, imprisoned their leaders. silenced every critics, they are worst than Nazis.
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Michelle
21-11-2013 10:19am
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Good people don't reconcile with mass murderers.
There are some things that are not reconcilable. There are some things that cannot be negotiated. There are somethings worth dying for. There are some things that are unacceptable and no decent human being will ever support them. There are some things that cannot be forgotten. The cries of the thousands of orphans that Sisi has created. The lies that scream filth from the liars. The murderers who blame their victims. The wicked who laugh at their sadistic crimes. The pscyopaths who show no remorse for their murders. The people who rejoice in the pain of their country men. The misguided who have the wrath of evil veiling their ability to see. The treachery of the ones who betrayed their positions of trust inorder to try to destroy the words of Allah Himself. There is no reconsiliation with human shaytans. When: Sisi goes. The corruption goes. The lies go. The murdering of peaceful protesters stops. The corrupted Judiciary and media is reformed. Allah's laws are respected and implemented, The innocent prisioners are released. The thousands murdered and burned alive are brought back to life. When our president is released and returned to his job. When our constitution is reinstated. Then...the reconciliation talks can start!!!
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Jmbaldaq
21-11-2013 10:05am
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Sisi is enough to distroy egypt and egyptian .sisi playi g pakistan musharraf role in egypt .how pakistan mess up by musharraf same situation in egypt in future
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Farhan
21-11-2013 05:30pm
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Musharraf was not that bad
He actually tried to unite the Pakistan while these fascists are working with divide and rule policy which they learned from their western masters and Sauds.
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Guest
21-11-2013 09:21am
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Answer to Hazem Chinnawi:
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.
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Jmbaldaq
21-11-2013 08:09am
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By force govt eat divide egypt sisi and all west agents stay away from politic
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John
21-11-2013 08:06am
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How pakistan army chief musharef start amrican war in pakistan same war sisi start in egypt.if public of egypt do not understand army nonsensen egypt becom same pakistan
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Farhan
21-11-2013 05:32pm
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This is not American War
Other wise they would not have purchased weapns from Russia, It was against Egyptian people. Fascists in Egypt don't want to lose control over people.
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very very critical
21-11-2013 07:02am
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Hollow gesture!!! Where is serious action???
This is not the solution. It is late and hollow!! It is turning the other cheek!! The solution is a firm hand and a serious government. Senile brains and shaky hands will never bring this crisis to an end. Or is this the final US/Egyptian government scenario : another Pakistan!!!
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frishibly
21-11-2013 05:46am
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ther is no end
thanks to sisi egypt become another afghanistan..
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John
21-11-2013 04:34am
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purge them out
May God grant strength and high hopes to the army. The nation is behind them every step of the way. The end of islamic extremists is near. And those who use the name of God to kill are themselves murderes and will be judged at the end of day. Let those who fool you sayong that heaven will be your destiny have the last laugh.
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Farhan
21-11-2013 05:35pm
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End of Christian fascism is near
Its Christian fascists in Egypt who are staging all these things with the support of military, there is no doubt that military doesn't want ot lose control over power in Egypt, but Christians are giving them big support in killing thousands of innocent people.
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Aly
20-11-2013 11:38pm
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Egypt will rise again
I have no doubt that Egypt will rise again, we are paying the price of freedom,and the job will be done. No reconciliation with the terror,and no for the rule of brotherhood,and no for The American plan to destroy our military.and Egypt will remain one solid country standing high.
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