July 11,2013 10:54

The Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's deadly violence leader


Badie and other senior Brotherhood leaders are wanted on suspicion of inciting Monday's deadly violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters where Morsi supporters were demanding his reinstatement, otter case judicial sources said.

Morsi is being held in a "safe place, for his safety," foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty told reporters, adding: "He is not charged with anything up till now".

The Islamist president's overthrow by the military last week, after nationwide protests demanding his resignation, has plunged Egypt into a vortex of violence.

In the restive Sinai peninsula, gunmen opened fire on the car of a senior military commander leading to clashes between security forces and "terrorist elements" which left one girl dead, the army said in a statement.

It is the latest in a string of attacks in Sinai "targeting the army and the police in recent days with the aim of sowing chaos and harming the stability and national security of Egypt," the army said.

In Cairo, more than 50 people died in Monday's violence, most of them Morsi supporters.

The Brotherhood says troops and police "massacred" its activists as they were performing dawn prayers, fr4 pcb with women and children among the dead.

The army said it was responding to an attack by "armed terrorists".

Thousands of Morsi supporters joined those camped out at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City for a prayer in honour of those who died, and vowed to carry on protesting until Morsi is reinstated.

"We are gathering here for Morsi. I voted for him and I want to know where he is," said protester Mohammed, 47.

"We will stay here either until the president's return or martyrdom."

The protesters later headed towards the Ittihadiya presidential palace.

According to the health ministry, 53 people died and 480 were wounded in Monday's clashes. It denied the Brotherhood's claim that there were women and children among the casualties.

The public prosecutor pressed charges on Wednesday against 200 of the 650 people it detained during the violence.

The warrant for Badie's arrest will make it harder for prime minister-designate Hazem al-Beblawi to reach out to the Islamists as he attempts to form an interim civilian administration.

The liberal former finance minister, who began talks on his cabinet line-up on Wednesday, is ready to offer the Brotherhood ministerial posts, label sticker the state-run MENA news agency quoted an aide as saying.

But the Islamists spurned the overture. "We do not deal with putschists. We reject all that comes from this coup," Brotherhood spokesman Tareq al-Morsi told AFP.

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