World Bulletin / News Desk
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie has described Wednesday's forcible dispersal of two major protest camps set up by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi as "war crimes."
"The people maintain their right to peaceful struggle despite the ferocity of the coup leaders and will continue their peaceful protests until the coup has been ended," Badie said in his weekly Friday sermon.
The Brotherhood leader, whose whereabouts remain unknown, said that Egyptian security forces' main responsibility was to protect the homeland and its citizens against aggression.
"Instead we find them assaulting people in ways more horrible than those committed by our enemies," he added.
Egypt has been in a state of turmoil since security forces on Wednesday violently dispersed two major protest camps set up by Morsi supporters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.
The Health Ministry has said that at least 638 people were killed in nationwide violence on Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa al-Adawiya and 87 in Nahda Square.
However, the official death toll remains far below that given by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of pro-Morsi Islamist parties and figures, which has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.
"This constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity," said Badie. "More than 2,000 people were killed, 10,000 injured and thousands of others arrested in half a day."