Islamabad, Aug 17 (www.pakdestiny.com) Saudi Arabia has shocked the world by endorsing the brutal massacre of Egyptian innocent people at the hands of the army.
In a shocking statement, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah endorsed the Egyptian government’s tactics against the Muslim Brotherhood, saying his nation stood with Egypt in its battle against “terrorism”. It’s it a shameful statement.
It will be interesting to see how many Western countries condemn Saudi King. Will Pakistan condemn him too? Saudi King should have condemned the massacre instead of siding with a killer dictator.
Today the Egyptian army killed another 200 innocent civilians.
Protests descended into a bloodbath across Egypt on Friday and Saturday, with around 250 killed in Cairo alone on a “Day of Rage” called by followers of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to denounce a crackdown by the army-backed regime.
As automatic gunfire echoed across Cairo, the standoff seemed to be sliding ever faster towards armed confrontation, evoking past conflict between Islamists and the state.
More than 40 people were also killed in provincial cities, taking the overall toll close to 100, although the intense shooting eventually died down in Cairo at dusk as a curfew began.
The Western governments urged restraint after hundreds died when security forces cleared protest camps two days ago.
Army helicopters hovered low over supporters of Mr Morsi’s Brotherhood in Ramses Square, the theatre of much of Friday’s bloodshed in Cairo, black smoke billowing from at least one huge blaze which lit up the night sky after sundown.
A journalist saw the bodies of 27 people, apparently hit by gunfire and birdshot, wrapped in white sheets in a mosque. Another witness said security forces opened fire from numerous directions when a police station was attacked.
Men armed with automatic weapons appeared to be taking part in the Cairo protests. At Ramses Square, journalists saw three men carrying guns; protesters cheered when cars carrying gunmen arrived, another witness said.
“Sooner or later I will die. Better to die for my rights than in my bed. Guns don’t scare us anymore,” said Sara Ahmed, 28, a business manager who joined the demonstrators in Cairo.
“It’s not about the Brotherhood, it’s about human rights.”
A security official said 24 policemen had been killed and 15 police stations attacked since late Thursday, underlining the increasing ferocity of the violence.
State media has hardened their rhetoric against the Brotherhood, invoking language used to describe militant groups such as Al Qaeda and suggesting there was little hope of a political resolution to the crisis. – Pak Destiny