The bloodshed in Egypt has drawn international condemnation.
The US and the European Union said they urged Egypt’s military leaders right up to the last minute not to use force against the protest sit-ins.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called for all sides to seek a political solution. “Today’s events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy. Egyptians inside and outside the government need to take a step back, they need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life,” Kerry said.
In Turkey, supporters of former Egyptian president Mursi held demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara to show their solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül warned that Egypt could descend into chaos and compared events there to the crackdown in Syria that led to civil war.
“Armed intervention on civilians, on people demonstrating is completely unacceptable. No matter what the reason is, such actions would open dangerous doors,” said Gül.
Egypt under Mursi was one of Turkey’s closest allies. Turkey was one of the first countries to call the overthrow of Egypt’s president a military coup.