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US, UN condemn violence in Egypt

Last Updated: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 09:44

Washington/United Nations: The US and the United Nations have condemned the violence that has erupted in Egypt following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, and asked Egyptians to resolve their differences peacefully.

"We condemn the violence that has taken place today in Egypt. We call on all Egyptian leaders to condemn the use of force and to prevent further violence among their supporters," the State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said.

At least 17 people died in violence as supporters of the deposed Egyptian President, clashed across the country with those celebrating his ouster.

Hundreds were said to be have been injured.

"As President Obama said, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptians are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, and we call on all who are protesting to do so peacefully," she said.

The voices of all who are protesting peacefully must be heard - including those who welcomed the events of earlier this week and those who supported President Morsi.

The Egyptian people must come together to resolve their differences peacefully, without recourse to violence or the use of force," Psaki said.

According to The New York Times, witnesses said they saw at least five pro-Morsi demonstrators killed and many more wounded in gunfire outside the Republican Guard compound where Morsi was believed to be detained, as thousands confronted a phalanx of armed soldiers, armoured vehicles and barbed wire ringing the facility.

"The violence added to concerns of an escalation between Morsi`s mostly Islamist supporters and their decades-old nemesis, Egypt`s powerful security forces, two days after the military forced Morsi from office," The Washington Post reported.

"Where`s Morsi?" they screamed.

Others denounced Egypt`s defence minister, Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who had ordered Morsi removed from power Wednesday night.

"Traitor, traitor, traitor! Sisi is a traitor!," they cried, according to The New York Times.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is following with growing concern the latest developments in the unfolding crisis in Egypt, said an official statement attributable to his spokesperson.

"Alarmingly, violent clashes between protesters have erupted. There are reports that some have been killed or wounded by security forces. There are horrifying reports of sexual violence," the statement said.

The Secretary-General calls on the Egyptian security forces to protect demonstrators and prevent violent clashes.

He also calls on the people of Egypt to exercise their right to demonstrate exclusively by peaceful means, his spokesperson said.

Noting that Ban believes strongly that this is a critical juncture in which it is imperative for Egyptians to work together to chart a peaceful return to civilian control, constitutional order, and democratic governance, the statement said Egypt`s political leaders have a responsibility to signal, by their words and their actions, their commitment to a peaceful and democratic dialogue which includes all of Egypt`s constituencies, including women.

"The way forward should be determined by the people of Egypt themselves, in a manner that respects the full diversity of Egyptian political views," the spokesperson said.


First Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 09:44
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