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NSF says Egypt facing attempts by Muslim Brotherhood to overthrew state

Party coalition umbrella says both Egypt and its people are 'facing one enemy': terrorism. Criticisms of resignations of ElBaradei, Dawoud from NSF

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Aug 2013
Resigned NSF spokesman Khaled Dawoud (3rd from Right) at a presser for NSF (Photo: Reuters)

The National Salvation Front (NSF), anti-Brotherhood party coalition umbrella, said on Monday that both the country and its people are facing attacks from what it described as "organized terrorist groups," and that the country is still determined to follow the roadmap to democratic civilian rule.

NSF members said in a press conference that the attacks that occurred early Monday on army conscripts in Sinai is part of terrorist organizations’ war on the country and its people.

“Egypt is facing violence and attempts to overthrew the state by the Muslim Brotherhood. Both the state with all its institutions along with its people are facing one enemy and that is terrorism,” NSF's statement read.

The attacks targeted conscripts heading to their barracks in Rafah, killing at least 25 and injuring two.

Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Ahram Online it was an execution-style murder.

The Front has praised the “historic” role of the army and police facing the attacks that "aim to destroy the country and its people."

The main Egyptian party coalition umbrella has praised the role of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Bahrain in supporting the Egyptian transitional government in its “war against terrorism.” They also criticized some countries' “double-standards” towards the current Egyptian situation.

NSF has seen internal divides since the bloody crackdown on the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda Square, leaving at least 600 dead after the dispersal and subsequent clashes.

The Front said that it is a coalition of political parties and that the absence of some individuals from the press conference does not hinder the NSF’s mission.

The official spokesman for the NSF, Khaled Dawoud, resigned on Friday in protest at the group’s support for police violence against supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The NSF has also criticized former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei’s resignation from his official post.

ElBaradei was the NSF’s general coordinator from December 2012 until July 2013, before he resigned to take up the post as vice president for foreign affairs in Egypt’s interim government.

In his resignation letter, ElBaradie stated, "It has become hard for me to keep bearing responsibility for decisions that I did not approve of and warned against their consequences."

"I cannot be responsible before God for a single drop of blood," he added.

El-Baradei's resignation came after security forces forcefully dispersed the two main sit-ins demanding Morsi's reinstatement. Over 600 were killed in the process.

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