Egypt's FJP spokesman says death toll at least 1,000

Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party spokesman Ali announced that death toll was 1,000, number of injured people were 10,000 in dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across country on Wednesday

Egypt's FJP spokesman says death toll at least 1,000

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party spokesman Murad Ali announced the death toll was 1,000, number of injured people were 10,000 in dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across country on Wednesday.

Ali said, Egyptian security forces intervened in pro-democracy protesters with gas bombs and guns in Nahda Square and the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on Wednesday.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Wednesday's police assault on civilians in Egypt in a violent move to disperse the two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in capital Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

  

Ali announced the death toll was 1,000, number of injured people were 10,000 in dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across country on Wednesday.

On the other side, Egypt's health ministry claimed that death toll nationwide was 149, and 1,403 were injured, in Wednesday's police assault on pro-Morsi supporters.

Al-Azhar Grand Imam denies prior knowledge of dispersal

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said on Wednesday that he had no previous knowledge about plans to forcibly disperse two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left hundreds dead and injured.

In the early hours of Wednesday, security forces moved in to disperse pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

In a televised speech, al-Tayeb offered his condolences to the families of the victims, warning against any more bloodshed.

"All sides should practice self-restraint, put the nation's interests first and respond to efforts to achieve national reconciliation," he said.

Al-Tayeb also warned against dragging Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Islamic scholarship in the Sunni-Muslim world, into Egypt's current wave of political strife.

"Just to clarify, Al-Azhar announces to all Egyptians that it did not know about plans to disperse the sit-ins until it learned of them through the media this morning," he said.

Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2013, 20:06
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