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Al-Azhar says Syria unrest a 'tragedy'

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt breaks his long silence on Syrian regime's violence and says the situation must come to an end

AFP , Monday 8 Aug 2011
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The top Sunni Muslim authority on Monday called for an end to the "tragedy" in Syria, with the head of the Cairo-based institution saying the situation has gone too far.

"Al-Azhar was patient for a long time and avoided talking about the situation in Syria because of its sensitive nature... but the situation has gone too far and there is no other solution but to put an end to this Arab and Islamic tragedy," the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, said in a statement.

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