Slain pro-Morsi protesters mourned

The Brotherhood's Heshmat responded to Sabbahi's accusations: "Has peaceful protest become 'sending people to their death' for Sabbahi? Has it become condemnable to peacefully reject the coup?"

Slain pro-Morsi protesters mourned

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Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi and senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders engaged in a war of words on Saturday, triggered by the killing of three female supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura late Friday.

The three fatalities occurred when unidentified assailants opened fire on a pro-Morsi demonstration in the city. The attack also left several people injured, including one woman who remains in critical condition.

Speaking via Twitter, Sabbahi condemned the attack as a "savage" crime and called for the attackers to be brought to justice.

However, he also denounced "the savagery of the fanatics who sent them (the victims) to their death," in reference to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which called for Friday's pro-Morsi rallies.

"They must quit," added the veteran leftist politician.

Senior Brotherhood member Gamal Heshmat hit back at Sabbahi, saying it was he who should quit politics.

"Has peaceful protest become 'sending people to their death' for Sabbahi?" Heshmat told Anadolu Agency. "Has it become condemnable to peacefully reject the coup?"

He added, "The real fanatics are those who gave in to a coup that brought a minority to power while toppling a majority that came to power through free, fair elections."

Heshmat went on to call on Sabbahi to "quit politics and stop criticizing peaceful protests."

Thousands mourn

Thousands of Egyptians on Saturday attended the funerals for three women killed in an attack yesterday night on a rally staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

The women – Amal Farahat, Hala Mohamed and Islam Ali – were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on a pro-Morsi rally staged in the city on Friday night.

The funerals were held at three different mosques in Mansoura.

The sense of sorrow and anger, meanwhile, was palpable among local residents.

Mourners chanted slogans against the army and police, which they accused of being responsible for the killings.

Morsi loyalists staged mass rallies in several Egyptian governorates on Friday to demand his reinstatement.

Anti-Morsi demonstrators, meanwhile, gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in support of an army-backed roadmap for Egypt's transitional phase.

The army deposed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

It also suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, as interim president.

At least 171 Egyptians have been killed and thousands injured since the June 30 protests that culminated in Morsi's overthrow.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2013, 16:50
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