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Egypt's Interim President Urges Reconciliation After New Clashes

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi places posters of Morsi on a lamp post, during a protest in front of the courthouse and the Attorney General's office, in Cairo, July 22, 2013.
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi places posters of Morsi on a lamp post, during a protest in front of the courthouse and the Attorney General's office, in Cairo, July 22, 2013.
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Egypt's interim president is urging people to remain calm and abstain from violence following a new round of deadly clashes in Cairo.

Interim President Adly Mansour spoke on state television late Monday, telling Egyptians that reconciliation is necessary for the country to move forward.

His comments came after new clashes erupted in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Security officials said Monday's fighting started with stone-throwing when a group of Morsi supporters passed near Tahrir Square during a protest march. Four people were reported killed and dozens more were wounded.

One anti-Morsi protester says it escalated quickly. "We were near to Tahrir Square next to Kasr el-Nil bridge, and we heard gunshots and fireworks and there was an exchange of clashes between anti-Morsi protesters and a march that was heading to the U.S. Embassy."

Morsi Family Speaks Out
 
Osama Morsi, son of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, speaks to the media after a news conference in Cairo Jul. 22, 2013.Osama Morsi, son of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, speaks to the media after a news conference in Cairo Jul. 22, 2013.
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Osama Morsi, son of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, speaks to the media after a news conference in Cairo Jul. 22, 2013.
Osama Morsi, son of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, speaks to the media after a news conference in Cairo Jul. 22, 2013.
Earlier Monday, Morsi's family spoke out against Egypt's military, accusing it of kidnapping him. The former president's son, Osama Morsi, threatened to use legal measures to gain his father's release.

"I sent a message to the international media, and civil society organizations and the United Nations to uphold the responsibility of the safety and security of the president, who is still the legitimate president. We are placing the responsibility of his safety upon everyone, and we don't exempt anyone from the responsibility.  What happened is a complete crime of abduction and no less, and a perfect example of the kidnapping of the people's will and kidnapping an entire nation,'' said Osama Morsi.

At a news conference in Cairo, Osama Morsi said the family has not seen their father since July 3 when Egypt's military overthrew Morsi's democratically elected government.
 
Key Dates in Egypt

  • February 11, 2011 - President Hosni Mubarak resigns after weeks of massive protests and clashes
  • January 21, 2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party wins almost half of Egypt's parliamentary seats
  • June 24, 2012 - Mohamed Morsi becomes Egypt's first freely elected president
  • November 22, 2012 - Morsi grants himself sweeping powers, sparking protests
  • July 3, 2013 - The army removes Morsi from power and suspends the constitution
Morsi's daughter, Shaimaa, also had harsh words for Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the army commander and defense minister who played a central role in forcing Morsi from office.

"We hold responsible the leader of the bloody military coup and his group, the security and safety of the health of my father, the civilian and the president,'' said Shaimaa Morsi.

Military officials say they have detained Morsi for his own protection and that he is in good health.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been holding near daily demonstrations in Cairo and across the country, demanding his release and reinstatement. He had served only one year of his term as Egypt's first democratically elected president following the removal of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt's military-backed interim leaders are pressing ahead with their road map for returning the country to democratic rule.

On Sunday, a panel of experts rewriting controversial parts of the suspended constitution met for the first time. Egypt's interim government has said it intends to hold new elections under a revised constitution early next year.

  • Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi attend Friday prayer at Nasr City, where protesters have installed their camp and hold daily rallies in Cairo, July 26, 2013.
  • Opponents of Mohamed Morsi during a protest at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013.
  • An Egyptian military helicopter near the Cairo tower, Friday, July 26, 2013.
  • A man flashes victory signs at a military helicopter near the presidential palace in Cairo, July 26, 2013.
  • Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi atop a bridge during a rally around Rabaa Adawiya Square, Cairo July 26, 2013.
  • Supporters of Morsi during a demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 26, 2013.
  • A member of the Muslim Brotherhood at a rally around Rabaa Adawiya square, Cairo, July 26, 2013.
  • A military helicopter among clouds of smoke in Cairo, July 26, 2013.
  • In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Cairo, July 24, 2013.
  • Sand barriers set up by protesters near Cairo University in Giza, Egypt, July 23, 2013.
  • Firefighters extinguish a scooter that was set on fire during clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Morsi in Cairo, July 22, 2013.
  • Firefighters extinguish a scooter that was set on fire during clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Morsi in Cairo, July 22, 2013.

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by: david lulasa from: tambua,gimarakwa,hamisi,v
July 23, 2013 4:06 AM
the interim president must never ever be shy to let his supporters who are mursi opponents know that their clashing with fellow egyptians in the name of mursi supporters is greed and lack of satisfaction..mursi opponents must stop the clashes for its about saving lives.



by: ali baba from: new york
July 22, 2013 6:18 PM
moersi family has to thankful for good treatment for moersi. no body shot him. nobody hit him with a knife as they Libyan did for Gadhafi .moersi family instigate the violence and they have to be arrested

by: ali baba from: new york
July 22, 2013 6:12 PM
there is no magic formula to deal with Muslim brotherhood. the only way to stop violence is police work and detain as many of them indefinitely

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