Violent Clashes In Egypt Following Calls To ‘Lay Seige’ To The US Embassy

While Egypt may have left the front pages of the mainstream media, the boiling pot of tension is bubbling up nce again this morning. Ahram Online reports that violent clashes have occurred between pro- and anti-morsi groups near Tahrir Square, and the military has intervened with tanks. These clashes come on the heels of the Muslim Brotherhood calling on Egyptians to lay siege to the US embassy (for what he said was American support for Morsi’ ouster) “US Diplomats should leave Egypt… [we] hope they won’t be harmed.” and the family of the deposed leader claiming the military ‘kidnapped’ him.

Via Bloomberg,

A Muslim Brotherhood leader called on Egyptians to lay siege to the U.S embassy in Cairo to protest what he said was American support for the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

U.S. diplomats should leave Egypt, Essam El-Erian told Brotherhood supporters today in Cairo’s Nasr City suburb, where they’ve been staging a sit-in since Mursi’s July 3 removal by the army.

He said he hoped they wouldn’t be harmed. The U.S., which gives more than $1 billion a year to the Egyptian military, hasn’t labeled its intervention as a coup, though it has called for a quick transition to democracy.


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