Egypt’s Security Forces Begin to Clear Muslim Brotherhood Sites

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After weeks of street-level standoffs and multiple ultimatums, Egyptian security forces raided a pair of long-term protest sites in Cairo held by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi early Wednesday morning.

The attacks started around 7 a.m. As of noon, the area around the Nahda Square sit-in, outside the gates of Cairo University, were a smoking ruin of burning tires and smoldering tents. But the Nahda Camp was always the smaller and more tenuous of the two Brotherhood sites. Across the city at the Rabaa Adaweya mosque in the Nasr City district a much more prolonged and potentially bloody battle is unfolding.

(PHOTOS: Bloodshed in Cairo as Police Storm Morsi Camps)

There were unconfirmed reports of dozens of fatalities. Photographs that appeared to be taken inside the Rabaa field hospital seemed to show at least 40 dead bodies, and the Brotherhood are already claiming more than 100 people have been killed. Witnesses on the scene report heavy use of live ammunition by the security forces. Journalists attempting to approach the Rabaa sit-in area have been fired upon.

The crackdown has been coming for weeks—realistically ever since July 24 when military chief and Deputy Prime Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sissi called for (and received) mass popular demonstrations to support and “authorize” the police and army to deal with the Brotherhood. Since then the purge of the protest sites has seemingly been delayed by the final week of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and by a flurry of failed resolution efforts by the U.S., the European Union and others. Late last week, Interim President Adly Mansour said that negotiations had failed and blamed the Brotherhood for their intransigence.

The storming of the sit-in camps could mark the beginning of a new phase of the Egyptian political crisis. By purging the Brotherhood, the interim government might be able to begin organizing a new transitional roadmap—including scheduling fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

As the siege deepend around the Rabaa sit-in, however, there were already early signs that the conflict was spreading around the city and the country. Clashes erupted in the Mohandessin district—about a 20-minute walk from the Nahda site—where the Brotherhood attempted to take over a prominent mosque and square. The government seems particularly concerned about the Brotherhood’s legendary mobilization machine. As the conflict was still raging Wednesday morning, state media announced that all train service into Cairo was being suspended.

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36 comments
Poulos Adel
Poulos Adel

You do not know I'm Xi Egyptian ...Live in Egypt are killed anyone shows and burn Egypt

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Let everyone know the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood will not say they are not Muslims them Link Bdinana the true Islamic religion is the religion of tolerance and ethics and Shim and justice to all countries in the world that 30/2013/6 popular revolution and bulkier than that.Rather than a counter-revolution of the lofty objectives of the revolution of 25/1/2011 and they correct the path of the revolution. Because the Brotherhood tried to restrict freedoms Kbasm Joseph Media cynical famous but Bmaaontekm you we have been Release the name of Joseph., But unfortunately Leaders Almrique's take a negative attitude of the Egyptian people and the revolutionary forces Goodnight by the coup. And your support for the marina and Fascist Party Goodnight that legitimate president Atta hand, but I would like to remind you I am Adolf Hitler's fascist Atta Fund and the world suffers from him until now. And should the U.S. administration and the White House and all the civilized countries of the world that believes in civil liberties to include the Muslim Brotherhood on the list of terrorist organizations

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

I don't envy the democracy aspiring young Egyptians: a choice between The Brotherhood and the Army. Makes one appreciate the old Russian joke: Russia's my mom, Stalin my dad, please let me be an orphan.

dajadags
dajadags

the muslim brotherhood order of business is sharia law, there way of government, no tolerance and eliminate all christian coptic religion in egypt.  the camp david accords were to be disregarded and israel under attacks. the brotherhood was letting economics be ignored as they solidified there sharia approach.  so the army represents more moderate muslims, business and simply common sense.  the progress of the arab world depends on the army totally winning.  thus, the brotherhood must be given no quarter, and consistent and steady elimination. where is ghengis kahn when you need him.


Shin Sami
Shin Sami

all attempts for amnesty are in vain

azmalhome
azmalhome

they're absolutely insane about a little opportunity. 

Quran 26: 151-152. And do not obey the order of the transgressors, Who cause corruption in the land and do not amend.”
Quran 28: 77 But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.”

http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/secret-of-holy-quran-through-humankind/

Heba El Soussy
Heba El Soussy

Mr Lopez please diversify your information sources

Heba El Soussy
Heba El Soussy

The pro Morsi gangs are just that gangs who have united forces with radical extremists that you people call terrorists all the time. Or are they terrorists for you and angelic pro Morsi protestors for us. They are armed with guns, machine guns, hand grenades and light anti aircraft missiles.. Since the beginning of the day they have been burning government buildings including hospitals and court houses and police stations where they stole all the weapons in there and freed prisoners wnted by law , they torched around 10 churches in different places across the country and have burned and vandalised public and private property.. They are terrorists helped by all kinds of terrorist groups from Hamas, Pakistan and other places.. Look at what's been happening in the Sinai , it's an outright war against Egypt and its military, and this has been going on for some time now.. The invasion of Sinai by these terrorists is the work of Morsi and his brotherhood he hosted them there during his one year in office. Please watch Egyptian TV to get the truth ,, don't accept what You r being fed as reality !! Please dig deeper for the truth and stop the bias in favor of terrorists, who are the same lot that were behind the tragedy of 9/11 ,,,Wake up people. The world is a very small place now, and if we don't fight these killers and country destroyers nobody will be spared, not even you.

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

Mr Obama, Where is the condemnation of this brutality against the people from the government forces that are given millions of dollars from your government?  You want Assad head, no questions asked, but you reward the same shedding of blood from a military dictatorship chosen by you and your government.

  In Assad case, you support and supply the terrorists with arms to fight, according to you, a dictatorship, But in the Egypt case you and your government support a military dictatorship to massacre the people who won a democratic election fair and square. What the hell is going on with the American morals in front of the world?

MR OBAMA, THE FIRST YOU SHOULD DO IS TO RETURN THE MONEY AND THE AWARD TO THE NOBEL COMMITEE, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Emenike Onuoha
Emenike Onuoha

What's the gain of those people who died for morsi they should go to their house & sleep

Dick Curtis
Dick Curtis

The security forces need to be held accountable for this massacre of protestors. Very sad.

Kipchirchir Koech
Kipchirchir Koech

ever since the egyptians discovered the hammer of revolution every problem to them looks like a nail

عبده أحمد
عبده أحمد

Egyptian security forces carried out massacres against peaceful protesters

Lila Young
Lila Young

Thank you so much TIME.....a very sad time in EGYPT...let's pray for peace for themm and prosperity....

Rodman Aliyu
Rodman Aliyu

Morsi is gone they should just let it go.

Musa Polat
Musa Polat

The Arab spring in turning into a summer nightmare...

mrateb
mrateb

@RamonRoman Mr Ramon

I wander where you get ur information from.Have you ever heard of a peaceful demonstration with Guns ! tell me which country in the world tolerates an armed sit-in with barricades and attacks on peaceful civilians.What did Obama do with the wall street sit -in? What has David Cameron done with the London so called uprising and what did the UK do with the IRA in Ireland.Police stations in Egypt have been attacked using Rocket Propelled Grenades,8 Churches today have been burnt so was a lot of Christian shops, Bullets were sprayed on the police force that cleared the Sit -in.43 police offers were killed today .How were they killed by "peaceful protestors".

Unfortunately,Obama having failed in the war on terror used the American principle?If u cannot beat them, Join them".Obama and Kerry are supporting a terrorist Organisation and we will see the result of this support in terrorist attacks  on civilian targets soon

mrateb
mrateb

@عبده أحمد What a liar

mrateb
mrateb

@Abdul Naeem Quraishi عشم ابليس في الجنة

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

@Sibir_Russia Thank you for clarifying the linkage between Putin and Stalin.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

There is no such a joke in Russia. You this garbage coined himself.
Most Jews know the history of their nation and not insult Stalin.
Very many Jews fought in the ranks of the Red Army.