World Bulletin/News Desk
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayeb has urged the Egyptian people to avoid infighting.
"Al-Azhar is appealing to all Egyptians to avoid bloodshed, destruction and sabotage. We must avoid sliding into sedition," he said in a televised address late on Friday.
At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohammad Morsi in several Egyptian cities.
Violence engulfed downtown Cairo on Friday with both sides engaging in hit-and-run street battles near the state television building in Cairo.
Witnesses said scores of people were injured in the violence, many by gunshots.
The battling protesters were exchanging Molotov cocktails and fireworks.
Video footage showed a blazing car on the 6th of October Bridge near the state television building.
Clashes between Morsi loyalists and opponents were also reported in the coastal city of Alexandria, with at least one killed.
Hundreds of thousands of Morsi loyalists took to the streets on Friday to protest the army’s roadmap which saw the removal of the Islamist president in the wake of massive protests against his regime.
"If clashes and violence continue it would be a sedition that destroys the fabric of the Egyptian society and distract the army from its patriotic mission (in safeguarding the borders)," El-Tayeb said.
"We hope the Egyptian people swiftly find a way out of this sedition that is popping with its ugly face."Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2013, 08:59