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Aug 1, 2013

Egypt’s rulers tell pro-Mursi protesters to quit camps

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-backed government on Thursday warned supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi to abandon their Cairo protest camps, promising them a safe exit if they gave up without a fight.

The appeal, made by Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif on state television, followed the government’s declaration on Wednesday it was ready to take action to end two weeks of sit-in protests by thousands of Mursi supporters at two sites.

Aug 1, 2013

Egypt’s defiant Muslim Brotherhood supporters gird for conflict

CAIRO (Reuters) – Standing by a brick and sandbag barricade on the edge of a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo, chief guard Mohamed Saqr is preparing to resist a threatened attempt by security forces to storm in.

The army-backed government has announced it will clear two Brotherhood encampments soon and on Thursday offered a safe exit to those keeping up a peaceful vigil if they leave voluntarily.

Aug 1, 2013

Germany chides Egypt on ‘selective justice,’ Brotherhood defiant

CAIRO (Reuters) – Germany urged Egypt to avoid “the appearance of selective justice” on Thursday amid a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which remained defiantly dug in at a protest camp the police have orders to remove.

There was no word on when the authorities would move against the vigil maintained by the Brotherhood since the army ousted Mursi on July 3 following mass protests. A cabinet statement on Wednesday appeared to signal imminent action.

Aug 1, 2013

Egypt’s rulers want to break up Brotherhood vigils

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt faced the prospect of fresh bloodshed on Thursday after the country’s army-backed rulers signalled they would move soon to disperse thousands of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

With no sign of a negotiated end to weeks of violent confrontation, Egypt’s interim government said two Cairo vigils by Mursi supporters posed a threat to national security, citing “terrorism” and traffic disruption.

Jul 31, 2013

Egypt’s rulers signal move against Brotherhood vigils

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army-backed rulers signaled on Wednesday that they could soon act to end weeks of sit-in protests by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, setting up a potentially bloody showdown with his Muslim Brotherhood.

In a televised statement, the cabinet installed by Egypt’s army after it overthrew Mursi on July 3 said two Cairo vigils by thousands of his supporters represented a “threat to Egyptian national security”, citing “terrorist acts” and traffic disruption.

Jul 30, 2013

Egypt sides defiant as EU envoy seeks compromise

CAIRO (Reuters) – Europe’s top diplomat shuttled between Egypt’s rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday in a mission to pull the country back from more bloodshed, but both sides were unyielding after 80 Islamist supporters were gunned down.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, making her second visit in 12 days as one of the few outsiders able to speak to both sides, made no public comment. Supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi left no doubt about the depth of polarisation in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Jul 29, 2013

EU urges Egypt rulers to end stand-off with Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Europe’s top diplomat pressed Egypt’s rulers on Monday to step back from a growing confrontation with the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, two days after 80 of his supporters were gunned down in Cairo.

Raising the prospect of more bloodshed, the Muslim Brotherhood said it would march again on Monday evening on Interior Ministry offices across the country.

Jul 27, 2013

Violence deepens Egypt turmoil, deposed leader probed for murder

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and hundreds wounded in scattered violence across Egypt during mass rallies for and against the army’s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, who was placed under investigation for murder.

With hundreds of thousands taking to the streets on Friday, the new bloodshed deepened the turmoil convulsing the Arab world’s most populous country, and could trigger a decisive move by the military against Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Jul 26, 2013

Egyptians stage rival rallies as Mursi charges fuel tension

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Friday in rival mass rallies for and against the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, who state media said was under investigation for charges including murder.

Five people were killed and more than 50 injured during fighting in the second city of Alexandria. A total of more than 200 were hurt in scattered confrontations nationwide, the health ministry said, with fears of more bloodshed as night fell.

Jul 26, 2013

Hostility radiates as two Egypts take to the streets

CAIRO (Reuters) – Rival camps struggling for Egypt’s future radiated mistrust and hostility from competing mass protests in Cairo on Friday, with Islamists proclaiming justice as their only weapon and their opponents demanding the army fight terrorism.

Supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi evoked a battle of good against evil, exchanging vitriolic accusations of treachery in language suggesting the Arab world’s biggest nation faces a long period of conflict.