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Published On: Thu, Aug 15th, 2013

Obama denounces Egypt’s violence

US president Barack Obama strongly condemned bloodshed in Egypt, saying that it will cancel military cooperation while civilians are being killed.

Operation Bright Star is a war game conducted every two years alongside Egyptian borders. The US was supposed to participate in this operation, which will be held next month.

Following the violence, Obama ordered the US military not to take part in this military joint exercise.

Yesterday (14/8), protesters from Muslim brotherhood, demanded the reinstallment of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. In the most recent protest Thursday (15/8), they also set fire to a government building in the capital Cairo.

As of Wednesday, the government said 525 people had been killed, but the death toll may likely to be higher.

Clashes involving Brotherhood members and local residents also took place in the country’s second city Alexandria, as broadcast by state-run TV station Nile TV.

Obama warned that Eqypt was on”a very dangerous path” and urged the government to stop ordering security forces to break up the protest camps and perform a reconciliation.

However, Obama emphasized that the US government is not taking sides with certain groups. He also warned that he would take any measures to stop the bloodshed, but declined to specity what they would be.

Meanwhile Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, demanded for a special inquiry into such a massacre.

Wednesday’s bloodhsed erupted when security forces, using bulldozers, tried to disperse pro-Morsi crowds.

Security managed to clear one of the camps, Nahda Square, but clashes began for some hours in and around Rabaa-Al-Adawiya. The mosque of the same name was also destroyed.

The government, through Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi backed the operation, saying it is as a form of self-defence.

State of emergency was declared, but he said he would remove it as soon as possible.

Mohammed Mors, who was toppled on July 3, was the first democratically elected president. Many Eqyptians saw that Morsi didn’t do much to fix economic and social problems.

Additionally, Egyptians were divided between Morsi’s Islamists loyal supporters and their opponents.

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