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Cairo tense after a weekend of bloodshed

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Cairo tense after a weekend of bloodshed


An uneasy calm pervades the conflict scarred Cairo streets 24 hours after 36 members of the Muslim Brotherhood died in police custody.

Authorities claim the Brotherhood members died during an attempted prison break, while
Islamists accuse the authorities of murder.

The violent chaos and instability shows no sign of ending.

According to Fouad Farag, a resident of the city, Egypt is becoming more and more polarised:

“My view on what is happening in Egypt is confusion. No one is listening. No one cares what the other side is saying, no one is listening to any other opinions. No one has a complete solution, the solution when everyone listens to each other and takes other opinions on board.”

In his first televised comments since the deaths of hundreds of people following an army clear out of two camps loyal to disposed President Mohammed Mursi, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he could “not standby silently watching the destruction of the country.”

In a slight change in tone he said, “There is room for everyone in Egypt.”

The statement comes after the deaths of at least 850 people since last Wednesday in the worst chapter of violence to hit Egypt in modern history.

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