CAIRO, Egypt (UPDATED) – Egypt’s armed forces said Monday, July 8 that “armed terrorists” had tried to storm the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, leaving one security officer dead, in a statement quoted by the website of state-owned daily Al-Ahram.
“At dawn, an armed terrorist group tried to storm the Republican Guard (building)…, attacking army troops and police, which led to the death of one officer and left several conscripts injured, including six in critical condition,” the statement said.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which had been protesting outside the Republican Guard HQ said 35 Islamist protesters had been shot dead, prompting the group to call for an “uprising.”
The Brotherhood called on the international community to intervene to prevent the army’s toppling of Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi propelling the country into Syria-style civil war.
“Morsi supporters were praying while the police and army fired live rounds and tear gas at them. This led to around 35 dead and the figure is likely to rise,” the Brotherhood said.
Its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, called for “an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks.”
It urged “the international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres … and prevent a new Syria in the Arab world.”- Rappler.com