Friday 20 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
Egypt's military insisted on Thursday it was not targeting backers of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in calling for a mass rally to counter 'terrorism', amid outrage from Islamist protesters and concern in Washington. The military statement came after the chief of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a "stand" against the coup that toppled the president, with Islamists planning a protest on Friday to rival the army's call. Police said they were planning largescale reinforcements to secure Friday's rallies, amid fears they will turn into a massive showdown in the streets between Islamists demanding Morsi's reinstatement and an array of opponents, including the military. The fugitive leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, urged Egyptians to peacefully make a "stand...
(The New York Times 07/25/13)
CAIRO — The commander of the armed forces asked Egyptians on Wednesday to hold mass demonstrations that would give him a “mandate” to confront violence and terrorism, appealing to one side of Egypt’s sharply divided populace and raising the specter of broader unrest. During a speech to recent military graduates, the commander, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, warned of forces taking the country into a “dark tunnel,” a clear reference to Islamist supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, and he asked Egyptians to protest on Friday. “I’m asking you to show the world,” he said. “If violence is sought, or terrorism is sought, the military and the police are authorized to confront this.” The call for mass mobilization thrust the general...
(CNN 07/25/13)
(CNN) -- Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for nine Muslim Brotherhood officials, including leader Mohammed Badie, according to Egypt's official news agency. General prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered the leaders' arrests for "ordering armed groups to cut off highways and threaten violence in the city of Qalyub, spreading violence and damaging public interest," the MENA report said. Earlier, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt's military, called for mass demonstrations Friday to support the country's armed forces. This comes amid Muslim Brotherhood calls for mass protests of its own and lingering tensions nationwide spurred by the July 3 military coup that deposed the democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsy. Al-Sisi, speaking Wednesday at a military graduation ceremony carried live on state...
(AL Jazeera 07/25/13)
Pro-Morsi demonstrations go on ahead of expected counter protests called for by general to confront "terrorism". Supporters of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi continued to rally after an apparent call by Egypt's army chief to crack down on dissenters. Thousands of pro-Morsi supporters filled Nasr City on Thursday, repeating their weeks-long demand that the deposed president - who was removed by the army on July 3 - is reinstated. Many are also gathered at the al-Azhar mosque. "Protesters here are calling for the Grand Imam of this mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb, to go because he has accepted the roadmap for Egypt under interim President Adly Mansour," said Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba, reporting from outside the mosque. "It's invevitable that there will...
(Ahram Online 07/25/13)
The Tamarod group say they will mandate the army and police to crackdown on 'violence and terrorism'; other pro-revolutionary groups decry El-Sisi's call to take to the streets. The 'Rebel' (Tamarod) movement that first called for mass 30 June protests has taken up army chied Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's call for mass demonstrations Friday to mandate the army and police to crackdown on "violence and terrorism," Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. At a press conference for revolutionary forces Thursday, Tamarod, a grassroots campaign that gathered 22 million signatures demanding that Mohamed Morsi resign, said that it supports the military in its "war against terrorism." The campaign also called for protests aimed at expelling US Ambassador Anne Patterson from Egypt, to signal...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
PENTAGON — U.S. Defense officials are delaying the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt following this month's military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters Wednesday the decision to indefinitely delay the delivery of the four warplanes came from President Barack Obama, whose administration is now in the process of reviewing Washington's longstanding military support to Egypt. “Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s,” he said. The Obama administration has said it is deeply concerned about the Egyptian military's decision to remove President Morsi and is calling for a speedy return to a democratically elected civilian government...
(Fox News 07/25/13)
The U.S. government says it has not decided whether it will scale back even more military aid to Egypt in light of the recent political uprising in the country. FoxNews.com first reported Tuesday that four F-16 fighter jets scheduled to fly to Egypt this week as part of a U.S. military aid package worth more than $1 billion a year – had been delayed. The Pentagon confirmed the delay Wednesday. Press Secretary George Little said President Obama is continuing to review options and is consulting with Congress on military assistance generally. The four F-16s were to be delivered under a previously arranged sale of 20. Eight of the F-16s were delivered earlier this year; after the four originally set for...
(Ahram Online 07/25/13)
Sources tell Ahram Online that army believes protests against 'terrorism' on Friday will be bigger than 30 June protests. A highly informed official source has told Ahram Online that "all state bodies, not excluding the military" are willing to find a "reasonable" way out of the current political crisis of "the last few months." Following mass nationwide demonstrations on 30 June, president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted by the military on 3 July, and a new transitional roadmap put in place. Speaking on strict conditions of anonymity, the source said that "pressure has been accumulating and things have to come to an end." He explained that pressure includes what he qualified as "instigated terror attacks" on military...
(The Associated Press 07/25/13)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egypt's new government has imposed the toughest border restrictions on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in years, sealing smuggling tunnels, blocking most passenger traffic and causing millions of dollars in economic losses. Some in Hamas fear the movement is being swept up in the same Egyptian military campaign that earlier this month toppled the country's democratically elected Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi — like the Gaza rulers part of the region's Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt's military has said the Gaza restrictions are part of its security crackdown in the Sinai and has not suggested it is trying to weaken the Hamas government or bring it down in the process. Past predications that Gazans fed up with the...
(Bloomberg 07/25/13)
You know Egypt is spinning from the world of reason when the only people making sense are ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists. Looking every inch a Hollywood dictator in his bemedaled uniform and dark sunglasses today, Defense Minister General Abdelfatah al-Seesi called for mass protests on Friday, to give him a mandate to "confront the potential violence and terrorism." I think we can now dispense with the charade that Egypt is being run by a civilian government. Civilian leaders don't generally respond to bloody clashes between political rivals in the streets by urging more people into the streets. At best, this is a dangerous attempt by al-Seesi to use the strength of the mob to legitimize his use of wider, emergency-style powers...
(Ahram Online 07/25/13)
Protests not intended to provide army with free rein against 'certain groups', army spokesperson says. Protests against terrorism on Friday are not intended to give the army free rein to clampdown on certain groups in society, army spokesperson Ahmed Ali has said. These protests would form part of the framework for national reconciliation and transitional justice, he insisted. Army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for mass demonstrations on Friday to give the military a mandate to crackdown on "violence and terrorism." Ali said El-Sisi's call was "only an initiative to confront violence and terrorism" against national security and was not an invitation to target particular groups as "some public personalities have claimed in the media." El-Sisi's call for mass action were...
(Hrw 07/25/13)
(New York) – Egyptian authorities should stop arbitrarily detaining Syrians and threatening to summarily deport them. The authorities should release the Syrian detainees unless they are promptly charged with a valid offense, and not deport Syrians with visas or asylum seekers without their claims being impartially reviewed. On July 19 and 20, 2013, Egyptian police and military police arrested at least 72 Syrian men and nine boys at checkpoints on main roads in Cairo. Those who remain in custody, including registered asylum seekers and at least nine Syrians with valid visas or residence permits, have apparently not been charged with any offense. The authorities have threatened to deport at least 14 of them to countries neighboring Syria, Human Rights Watch...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/13)
The United States has decided not to go ahead with plans to supply Egypt with an additional four F-16 fighter jets due to unrest gripping the country, the Pentagon said Wednesday. "Given the current situation in Egypt we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s," spokesman George Little told reporters. "We remain committed to the US-Egypt defense relationship as it remains a foundation of our broader strategic partnership with Egypt and serves as a pillar of regional stability," he said. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of the decision in a phone call earlier Wednesday, Little said. The Egyptian army chief, who led a...
(Africa Review 07/24/13)
Egypt's opposition Islamist coalition branded on Wednesday a call by the army chief for mass rallies to justify a crackdown on 'terrorism' "an announcement of civil war." "(General Abdel Fattah) al-Sisi's threats are an announcement of civil war," said the Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition which has been demanding president Mohamed Morsy's reinstatement ever since his overthrow in a July 3 coup. The Islamists have called mass anti-coup protests for Friday, the same day the army chief has called for public rallies to give him a mandate to fight "terrorism and violence." The marches will be held in all provinces under the slogan "the people want to bring down the coup," the Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition said in a statement on Wednesday. The...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/13)
Egypt's army chief called Wednesday for mass rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence", in comments a senior Islamist quickly slammed as a "threat," vowing to press protests. With tensions already running high following the army's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, the call by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for demonstrations raises the prospect of further violence on the streets between the pro- and anti-Morsi camps. "Next Friday, all honourable Egyptians must take to the street to give me a mandate and command to end terrorism and violence," said Sisi, wearing dark sunglasses as he took to the podium to address a graduation ceremony of military cadets near Alexandria. The general said that before he announced...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
CAIRO — Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has urged Egyptians to turn out Friday to denounce what he called "violence and terrorism," and to authorize the army and police to deal with it. He also insisted there is "no going back" on Egypt's political "road map" which he vowed would end in free and fair elections. Defense Minister Sissi received applause as he addressed a crowd of graduating cadets, insisting that his “conscience was clear” over his actions in Egypt's recent political upheaval. “The military,” he insisted, “takes orders only from the people.” He said he warned Egypt's political and religious leaders, including ousted President Mohamed Morsi, over many months that the country was “heading into a dark tunnel,”...
(Ahram Online 07/24/13)
Head of Egyptian armed forces calls for nationwide demonstrations on Friday to authorise army to take action against 'terrorism,' following escalating violence across the country. Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has called for nationwide rallies on Friday to mandate the armed forces and police to crackdown on "violence and terrorism," following a series of violent clashes across the country. "Nevertheless this does not mean I am advocating for violence or terrorism," El-Sisi said in a speech at a military graduation ceremony in Alexandria on Wednesday. "I call on all political powers to join the efforts for national reconciliations," El-Sisi added. The first round of national conciliation talks, which will start on Wednesday under the auspices of interim President Adly Mansour,...
(BBC News Africa 07/24/13)
Egypt's army chief has called for demonstrations on Friday to give the military a mandate to confront "violence and potential terrorism". Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he was not calling for public unrest and wanted national reconciliation. Supporters of Mohammed Morsi have been protesting against the army intervention which removed him as president of Egypt on 3 July. But the Muslim Brotherhood dismissed Gen Sisi's call as a "threat". Essam El-Erian, deputy chairman of the Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said: "Your threat will not stop the millions from continuing to gather." He called Gen Sisi "a coup leader who kills women, children and those at prayer". In a speech at a military graduation ceremony, which was...

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