Egypt’s army says Islamist protesters will face ‘no extraordinary measures’

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The Egyptian army said on Monday there will be “no extraordinary measures against any Egyptian during the next phase,” in a message to the Muslim Brotherhood urging them to end their protests.

During a press conference over a deadly carnage outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, a military spokesman said the role of the armed forces is to protect Egyptians, denying troops have opened fire on innocent people.

Colonel Ahmed Aly, however, said the military’s patience has limits, warning against anyone approaching military facilities or threatening national security.

He showed footage of bearded gunmen opening fire and throwing stones at the armed forces from nearby buildings.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has led demonstrations against the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi last Wednesday, said its supporters were “massacred” when troops and police shot them during dawn prayers in Cairo, according to AFP.

The military blamed “terrorists” while witnesses, including Brotherhood supporters at the scene, said the armed forces fired only warning shots and tear gas, and that “thugs” in civilian clothes carried out the shootings.

Condemnation poured in, with Germany expressing “shock” at the violence, Turkey calling it an attack on “humanity” and Brotherhood backer Qatar urging “self-restraint” and “unity,” AFP reported.

(With AFP)

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