World Bulletin / News Desk
Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abu el-Fotouh has asked interim President Adly Mansour of Egypt to resign over what he called the “Republican Guards crime” which saw at least 53 people killed and hundreds wounded in the early hours of Monday.
“Since you cannot run the state’s affairs then resign,” Abu el-Fotouh, the chairman of the Strong Egypt Party, said in a press statement.
“Mansour wanted to do his duty, but he did not get assistance to do his duty,” he noted.
Abu el-Fotouh said the attempt to disperse the sit-in staged by loyalists of ousted president Mohamed Morsi outside the Republican Guards HQ as “a crime that all honorable Egyptians should stand against.”
“The bloodshed must stop”
The Egyptian Ambulance Authority (EAO) said 42 people were killed and 322 wounded outside the HQ.
The army said one officer was killed and several soldiers were wounded in an attempt by “a terrorist group” to storm the HQ.
But the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said at least 53 people including five children were killed and hundreds wounded when fire was opened on protesters outside the HQ.
Loyalists of Morsi have been camping outside the building where they think the deposed Islamist president was being held.