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Egyptians Against Egyptians: Islamists Call For ‘Intifada’, Accuses Military Of Firing On Demonstrators, 51 Killed, Hundreds Wounded

By Robert Tait, The Telegraph – “Pro- and anti-Morsi factions staged competing rallies in Cairo, with those who supported last week’s military intervention attacking US President Barack Obama for his alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr Morsi’s supporters marched on the defence ministry and the Republican Guard headquarters promising to free the former president from detention. But they failed to bring enough people on the streets to pose a threat either to the army or to the dominant anti-Morsi cause in the capital.

‘We will continue our peaceful demonstrations,’ Ahmed Aref, the senior Brotherhood spokesman, told The Daily Telegraph. ‘We are the owners of a just cause. Legitimate rights do not disappear with time. We are facing an enforced disappearance of the legitimate president.’

But there were more dramatic calls for resistance from militant groups.

Salafi Jihad issued a call to ‘intifada’, a ‘clarion call for Islamic revolution’.

‘Anyone who knows an advocate or a sheikh or a revolutionary should call him to urge him to mobilise,’ a statement said.

There has already been an upsurge in militant violence since the generals ousted Mr Morsi, particularly in Sinai, long a hotbed of jihadist activity.

Intelligence reports have warned of a build-up of weapons, some stolen from Gaddafi arms stores in Libya, some headed for Gaza but held up by the block on smugglers’ tunnels.

On Sunday there were reports that gunmen killed a soldier in Sinai. On Friday night, a group of Islamists seized the North Sinai governor’s palace in the Mediterranean town of El Arish, raising the black Islamist flag. Earlier, jihadists attacked military checkpoints, a police station and El Arish airport. Five police and a soldier were killed.” Read more.

At Least 51 Killed And 435 Injured When Egyptian Soldiers And Police Clash With Islamists – “At least 51 people were killed and 435 were injured Monday in bloody clashes outside a military building in Cairo, according to Egypt’s head of emergency services… The Muslim Brotherhood have blamed the attacks on the Egyptian military who were standing guard over the demonstration near to the Raba El Adwyia mosque… There were conflicting reports on how the fighting began, with Morsi’s supporters saying it was an unprovoked attack and the military saying they came under assault first.” Read more.

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