web analytics
May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Mohammed Morsi’

US Closes Embassy in Cairo as Violence Spreads

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The United States closed its consular services at its embassy in Cairo at 1 p.m. Wednesday as violence escalated across the country. At least two journalists, a cameraman for Sky News and a journalist from the United Arab Emirates, were gunned down.

In understated language, the U.S. Embassy stated, “As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.”

Egyptian Army, Trying to Win Civil War in One Day, Kills Hundreds

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Civil war broke out in at a least dozen cities in Egypt on Wednesday as Egyptian soldiers and police, backed by bulldozers and helicopters, carried out an offensive on pro-Mohammed Morsi protesters in an effort to put a brutal and quick end to the Muslim Brotherhood opposition’s sit-in protests.

As reported earlier, there are reports of up to 250 people dead and thousands of others wounded or arrested. The Muslim Brotherhood movement now claims the death toll is in the thousands

Whereas Syrian President Bassar al-Assad figured that ignoring the protest movement would break down the opposition, only to use uncivil force after protesters were able to organize, Egyptian authorities decided to use the same tactic as Hosni Mubarak three years ago and shoot at will to break down the opposition.

Mubarak ended up ousted and in jail. Morsi, his successor who was elected in democratic elections championed by President Barack Obama, is in virtual jail, “detained” by the army and held in a secret location.

If the army thought that the Muslim Brotherhood opposition would fall without Morsi, it was wrong. Dead wrong.

After several days of massive sit-ins that have virtually shut down Cairo, the army moved in at dawn. It succeeded in clearing out demonstrators near the Cairo University campus, but protesters used their biggest weapon – massive human resistance – in eastern Cairo, where massive violence was reported.

Clashes also broke out in Alexandria in upper Egypt, Mansoura, Suez, Giza and Rabaa.

Al Arabiya reported that soldiers are besieging the neighborhood of Islamist preacher Mohamed El-Beltagi, who faces charges of incitement and attempted murder. One of his daughters was killed.

In Alexandria, demonstrators set fire to a government building, protesters attacked four police stations in Giza, and eight people were killed in an attack on a police station in Abu Kurkas. Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with security forces and set public buses on fire.

In Rabaa,  British reporter Alistair Beach said he saw 42 bodies and tweeted, “Pro-Morsi protesters have barricaded themselves inside upper floors of field clinic as live fire crackles outside.” Three deaths were reported in Aswan, and a pro-Morsi crowd threw a security forces vehicle, with five people inside, off a bridge.

Protesters are using whatever guns they have, along with Molotov cocktails and rocks, to attack security forces.

Islamist mobs set fire to dozens of churches throughout the country. Pro-Morsi supporters set fire to a Christina youth center next to a Muslim youth center in the upper Egypt city of Fayoum, according to Al-Arabiya.

Live gunfire was reported in several cities, but Morsi supporters do not have the arms to match the automatic weapons that soldiers and police are firing to disperse crowds,

Regardless of whether the army wins the war in one day or it goes on endlessly, the violence is further evidence that the Obama administration’s campaign to make the Middle East safe for democracy, and vice versa, is not working.

All the United States and the entire international community can do is wring their collective hands and cry over the violence. Typically, the European Union issued a statement Wednesday that the violence is “extremely worrying,” and it called for restraint from Egyptian authorities.

Stand-Off in Egypt, Morsi Supporters Prepared to Die

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Egyptian authorities have again canceled plans to disperse huge crowds of supporters for deposed president Mohammed Morsi, who have vowed to die rather than end their sit-in demonstration in Nasr city district of the capital and Nahda Square.

Morsi continues to be detained at an undisclosed location, and his detention has been extended by another 15 days.

The rallies by his supports have virtually shut down the city, but security officials insist they will disperse the protesters. One official claimed the scheduled Monday night maneuver to end the sit-in was called off because dispersal plans were leaked to the media.

Ashton Visits Morsi in Secret Location

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Mohammed Morsi is alive and well, said European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton after a visit to the secret location where he is being held by the Egyptian military.

She was the first person to officially visit Morsi since the army put him under house arrest four weeks ago in the “coup” that the military regime denies is a coup.

Ashton said, “Morsi is well. He has access to information in terms of TV, newspapers, so we were able to talk about the situation and we were able to talk about the need to move forward. We had a friendly, open and very frank discussion.”

The EU official is trying to come up with a political solution to the crisis in Egypt following the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood president, who was elected a year ago.

 

 

Egyptian Army Declares War on Protesters; 100 Dead

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The worst violence since the anti-Mubarak uprising more than two years ago has left approximately 100 dead and 1,000-4,000 wounded after Friday’s and Saturday’s deadly military offensive against demonstrators.

The Health Ministry reported that 65 were killed, but non-governmental Arab sources put the death toll at 100 or higher.

The Obama administration refuses to call the military ouster of Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Morsi a “coup,” but the army’s shoot-to-kill off offensive on Saturday made it clear that it is in charge,

Egypt is sharply divided between pro-army and pro-Morsi supporters, with demonstrations on each side attracting hundreds of thousands  of people.

Each side blamed the other for the violence.

The Obama administration, which hastened the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and now has supported the removal of Morsi, is aghast at the violence.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Egypt’s leaders to “to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told army General Abdel Fattah al Sisi  to “take steps to prevent further bloodshed and loss of life.”

Some of the demonstrators were peaceful, other threw rocks at police and some were armed with revolvers.

The violence a Friday  evening, when approximately six people were killed, was mild compared with what ensued towards midnight, when pro-Morsi supporters marched from their stronghold  towards an area where police were stationed.

Police fired tear gas, the demonstrators retaliated with rocks, and  the violence quickly escalated, with police firing live ammunition throughout the night,

By Saturday morning, a field hospital was overcrowded, bodies were covered with white sheets. Many of the dead were shot in the head

Al Jazeera reported that the number of those wounded is more than 4,000.

The Muslim Brotherhood does not have the arsenal to fight the army, but the widespread murders by the army make a political solution to the violence less probable in the near future.

Even Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, who was put into office by the military, said on Twitter, “I condemn excessive use of force and the casualties. I am working with all effort in every direction to end the confrontation through peaceful means.”

Evidence of the military’s intentions to muffle the Muslim Brotherhood were evident when helicopters dropped Egyptian flags on pro-Morsi supporters, who then chanted, “We do not want flags; we want Morsi.”

Egypt to Charge Morsi with Premeditated Killing, Spying for Hamas

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Egypt is preparing to charge Mohammed Morsi with spying for Hamas, and announced that he is being held under arrest for another 15 days while indictments are being prepared.

Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) stated on Friday that Morsi is suspected of carrying out “anti-state acts, attacking police stations, army officers and storming prisons, setting fire to one prison and enabling inmates to flee, including himself, as well as premeditated killing of officers, soldiers and prisoners.”

The announcement came hours before pro-Morsi supporters and anti-Muslim Brotherhood factions were preparing to demonstrate. Not coincidentally, the charges were stated the day after U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for Morsi to be released because there have been no formal charges filed against him.

The Egyptian military leader, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, urged the public to rally on Friday against “terrorism,” meaning the Muslim Brotherhood party that catapulted Morsi into the presidency a year ago.

The charges against Morsi include accusations that he helped stage  the jailbreak of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood leaders during the 2011 revolt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Several Egyptian media outlets reported that Morsi worked with Hezbollah and Hams to free terrorists from jails.

The Muslim Brotherhood replied on Friday, “The accusations read as if they’re a retaliation from the old regime, signaling ‘We’re back in full force,” according to Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Hadda, quoted by AFP.

Attack North of Cairo Kills Policeman, Wounds 29

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

One policeman was killed and at least 29 others were wounded Wednesday when an unknown attacker hurled a high-powered bomb, or possibly rocket-propelled grenades, at a  police station north of Cairo and near El Arish.

Shortly before, the Egyptian military called on people to rally on Friday against violence, in effect a call for a demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood and its ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Two pro-Morsi activists were killed earlier on Wednesday during a march.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/attack-north-of-cairo-kills-policeman-wounds-29/2013/07/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: