Interim Egypt leader urges for calm following deadly shooting

  • Egypt's interim leader has urged for calm and restraint following the deaths of at least 51 people near a barracks in Cairo on Monday.

    Adly Mansour stated he had also ordered an investigation into the incident, which also left 435 injured.

    The head of Egypt's leading Islamic institution also called for an end to the escalating violence in a televised statement.

    Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, has threatened to go into seclusion if the conflict does not end.

    The attack takes place less than a week after the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi.

    According to the Muslim Brotherhood, its members were shot at as they staged a sit-in in support of Morsi. The Brotherhood claims the army raided its sit-in at around 4:00 am local time as protesters were performing dawn prayers.

    Meanwhile, the army said it had responded to an armed provocation.

    The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood which won nearly half the seats in parliamentary elections held in late 2011 and early 2012, has called for an "uprising" and called on Egyptians to fight "those trying to steal their revolution with tanks".

    The attack has been the deadliest since Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, was deposed by the army last week following nationwide protests.

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