World Bulletin / News Desk
The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt risks slipping into civil war or a confrontation between the people and army over what it describes as a military coup against elected president Mohamed Morsi.
"Egypt is living a dangerous nightmare that risks either starting a civil war or driving a wedge between the people and the heroic army," the MB said in a Thursday statement marking the anniversary of Egypt's 1973 military victory over Israel.
The current situation, the group added, "could even lead to divisions inside the army itself due to the desire of some army leaders to assume power and stage a coup against constitutional legitimacy and kidnap the elected civilian president."
Egypt's powerful army deposed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected head of state, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.
It subsequently suspended the constitution and named Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president.
Morsi supporters have since taken to the streets nationwide in mass demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
The Islamist group said that the army's reengagement in domestic politics revived memories of the 1967 Nakba ('catastrophe'), when the Egyptian army was roundly defeated by Israel.
"The army was then the victim of a leadership that deviated from the path and neglected its military responsibilities," the MB asserted, in reference to the military's role under former president Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
The group went on to describe army leaders as "bloody usurpers who betrayed the trust of the people, reneged on their oath by launching a coup against constitutional legitimacy, abducted the armed forces' commander-in-chief and elected president, and fired on civilian protesters."
Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has not been seen in public since his ouster.
The Brotherhood has continued to call on Egyptians to take to the streets in mass rallies in solidarity with the deposed president.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, an alliance of largely Islamist parties and groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, has called for mass demonstrations on Friday to demand Morsi's reinstatement.
Morsi's opponents, meanwhile, have called for counter-protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace to reaffirm their support for an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's current transitional phase.