World Bulletin / News Desk
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged Friday rallies across the country to decry Egypt's army-backed authorities and condemn Israel's ongoing air campaign against the Gaza Strip in which 100 Palestinians have been killed since Monday.
Protesters demonstrated in five districts of capital Cairo, shouting slogans in support of Gaza and accusing the Egyptian government of failing to take a firm stance against Israel, which has pounded the Gaza Strip with over 800 airstrikes since Monday night.
Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said Cairo was making efforts to halt the Israeli operation against Gaza, which was ostensibly launched to halt rocket fire from the embattled coastal enclave.
Protesters, who staged demonstrations in several other parts of Egypt, also blasted a recent government decision to partially lift government subsidies on fuel and electricity in hopes of easing Egypt's burgeoning budget deficit.
Morsi, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group, was removed from office by the military last summer following opposition protests.
In the one year since, Morsi's supporters have staged near-daily rallies against Egypt's military-backed government, which has waged a sustained crackdown on the Brotherhood and its supporters.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who was declared the winner of May presidential polls, is widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster – and subsequent imprisonment – one year ago.
While Morsi's supporters describe his ouster as an illegitimate "military coup," his critics insist that it was an "army-backed popular uprising."
Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been ruled by Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, an offshoot of Morsi's embattled Muslim Brotherhood.Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2014, 17:32