‘Massacre’ in Egypt ‘disturbing, shocking’


RUN FOR COVER. Egypt security forces fire tear gas to disperse Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. Photo by AFP
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the latest wave of bloodshed during dawn prayers in Cairo, calling for an independent inquiry into fresh violence which killed over 50 people, mostly loyalists of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Ban said he was “deeply disturbed” by the killings, which have been described by Morsi’s supporters as a “massacre.” Germany expressed “shock” at the violence, Turkey called it an attack on “humanity” and Brotherhood backer Qatar urged “self-restraint” and “unity.” The bloodshed happened outside the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, which the Brotherhood accuses of betraying Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.

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