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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.

Egypt Crushes Hamas, Plans All-Out War on Sinai Terrorists

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

The Egyptian military has demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels from Hamas-controlled Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula and is preparing for an all-out onslaught against Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported Sunday.

The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.”

“The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.”

The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed.  It said that most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza.

The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It closed the Rafiah crossing and placed a severe siege on Hamas on Friday but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea.

Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border.

The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas.

The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval.

With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense,

“Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday.

Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists “The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.”

The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints.

On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967.

The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hamas has denied Egyptian military claims that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week.

Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF.

Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy of Egypt, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza.

Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term.

Hundreds of Chicago Muslims March for Morsi

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Hundreds of Chicago Muslims marched in support of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Sunday and held signs condemning the Egyptian military, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Many of the Chicago demonstrators were born in Egypt, and others have roots elsewhere in the Arab world.

Fisal Hammouda, who left Egypt in the 1960s, told the newspaper that the U.S. government risks losing credibility if it fails to condemn the military takeover and support returning Morsi to office.

“The United States always says, ‘We are for democracy.’ This is a fair election,” he added.

Putin Declares Egypt on Brink of Civil War

Monday, July 8th, 2013

“Syria is already in the grips of the civil war … and Egypt is moving in the same direction,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti on Sunday.

Hours after he spoke,  the  Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported that a new compromise choice has been picked as Egypt’s next prime minister after the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists rejected the idea that Mohammed ElBaradei be named for the post.

Ziad Bahaa El-Din, a lawyer and member of Egyptian Social Democratic Party,  would be accepted by the Salafist Nour party, Al Ahram said.

Weiner Sounds like NYC’s Foreign Minister

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner found another subject to use as a soap box for his opinions – the crisis in Egypt.

After having reiterated his stand last month that Israel does not “occupy” Judea and Samaria, Weiner recently said of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, “You can’t get elected by a relatively small portion of the electorate and then govern as if you’ve got a consensus.

“Democracies have setbacks, but obviously when the military is overturning a democratically elected government, you’ve gotta be concerned.”

Everyone is waiting next week for Weiner’s views on Saudi Arabia.

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