Egypt Uprising 2013: The War is on!

July 26, 2013

On a good memory
 
Two days before the day that has been written in history more than once in Egypt, a man of the army which has already put it in history twice tried to do it a third time. July 26, the day King Farouk was ousted by a military coup that turned into a people's revolution, is the same day when President Gamal Abd El Nasser announced the nationalization of Suez Canal, it's a day that is celebrated by every single Egyptian. Two days before the day came, General Abd El Fattah El Sisi, Minister of Defense tried to make use of the memory and called for the people to take to the streets to give a mandate to the Police and Armed Forces to fight what he called the war against terrorism and violence.

The call, that was backed by secular-political groups, was met by great popular support of millions in all cities all over the country. Even before breaking their fast, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to announce their full support to the security forces in what they called a war on terrorism. This came after the Muslim Brotherhood and Former President, Mohamed Morsi's supporters have been cutting main streets across Cairo, killing many in different cities in the country, found torturing people to death in Rabaa sit-in, and making terrorist attacks in Sinai for a month. The protests that started at midday turned in a celebratory carnival after sunset amid great presence of police and army personnel, especially in the entrances of Tahrir Square and the vicinity of the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, to secure the protesters. 

As Christians fasted with Muslims, and the church bells rang with the Muslim call for prayer and breaking the fast, a Utopia was in the making. Although the tools to build it might not be the best....

Mandate given, terrorism continue

On the same day, at the same minute of pro-army protests, clashes erupted between both sides in Dameitta, Mansoura, Mina, Luxor and Alexandria as well as sectarian violence in Shubra, Cairo. While most clashes had no security presence in Alexandria, where the clashes where most violent, security forces unusually appeared. The nine hour clashes that took place in the city saw security presence for only a few minutes. The police tried to disperse the people by throwing tear gas, failed, and disappeared, leaving both sides to confront each other, yet again. The battle left eleven dead and hundreds injured, birdshot and live ammunition as well as rocks and knives were used by both sides. Later at night the army gave a warning for both sides to vacate the place, but while most left, some protesters where locked in a mosque by MB supporters and were not able to leave.

In Sinai later, seven checkpoints and buildings, including a hospital, in Sheikh Zowayed, North Sinai were shot again during breakfast time. These terrorist attacks took place exactly one Hijri year after Egyptian soldiers were shot in Rafah while having breakfast, whoever is responsible for these attacks was never arrested.

As the night fell on Cairo, Ezbet El Nakhl metro station in Helwan saw an armed attack in which people were shot randomly. The incident left 16 injured, the attacker also remains unknown. The MB protesters have also tried to block 6 October Bridge, but were dispersed by the police.

As this post is being written, terrorism continue across the country...

The other side

On the other hand, MB and Morsi supporters marched peacefully in tens of thousands across the country in what they called "The Day of Discernment" while the army helicopters threw Egyptian flags at them in hopes of calming some. In response to the numbers of pro-army protesters in the streets, they said that is all "dirty propaganda" and that channels used old pictures of June 30 protests since the turn out was not as big today. Rage also increased on the Islamist front after news that Morsi was arrested and will be transferred to Tora prison have been confirmed. The ousted president is held over allegations of planning with Hamas attacks on jails during January 25 Revolution and is to be kept in prison for questioning for the next 15 days.

A few who are against both Islamist and Military rules called for a protest in Sphinx Square in Cairo, what they called "The Third Square", that is against both sides....

The Government

Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi and his Minister of Interior, Mohamed Ibrahim, protested in Tahrir to support the call of the Minister of Defense. President Adly Mansour made a phone interview on a private TV channel and stated that the government shall no longer accept blocking streets, that the numbers that protested today prove that it is not a coup, and called upon protesters in Rabaa who feel that they're defending a lost cause to leave and promised that they shall not be sought after. His prime minister said the same words in another phone interview to another private channel.

Minister of Interior also had two phone interviews, promising that Rabaa and Nahdet Masr sit-ins will be dispersed by law...

Egyptians and Islamists "don't mix"....

**Pictures courtesy of Mahmoud Gamal El-Din

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