Iranian clerics calls on OIC to prevent killing, bloodshed in Egypt

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Combatant Clerics Assembly in a letter called on the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take the necessary measures to prevent further bloodshed in Egypt.

The Iranian clerics in a letter to OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu condemned the recent killings of a large number of Egyptian civilians during street protests, and urged him to do his best to bring the situation back to normal in the Muslim country.

Reminding the tasks and responsibilities of the OIC, the Iranian clerics underlined that the OIC has the heavy duty of preventing the killing of a large number of Egyptian men and women.

“The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation is duty-bound to prevent the killing of Egyptian people,” the letter said.

A large number of Iranian officials have expressed deep concern over the recent incidents in Egypt, and called for international action to stop the massacre.On Monday, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi called on the OIC to hold an immediate meeting among member states’ foreign minister to discuss the latest developments in Egypt.

Boroujerdi expressed concern over the ongoing crisis in Egypt, and called on the Egyptian elites and the OIC to “take prompt action” to prevent further violence in the country.

Thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi protested across Egypt last week, sparking violence that killed at least 800 people and turned parts of Cairo into battlefields after police authorized the use of live ammunition.

The clashes started after police cleared two Cairo protest camps set up by loyalists of Mursi.

That crackdown drew strong condemnation from the international community, and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called Friday for the bloc to adopt “appropriate measures” in response.

But Egypt’s cabinet issued a defiant statement, even as clashes continued in the hour before a night-time curfew began, saying it was confronting a “terrorist plot”.

In Jordan, Morocco and the Palestinian territories, meanwhile, hundreds joined demonstrations in support of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The Islamist coalition led by the Brotherhood had called for “Friday of anger” rallies across Egypt in response to the crackdown on their protest camps.

And violence erupted soon after protesters emerged from mosques following Friday prayers, with gunshots ringing out in Cairo and security forces firing tear gas.

The interior ministry, which on Thursday authorized police to use live fire if government buildings came under attack, accused the Brotherhood of attacking police stations, saying it foiled several attempts to storm buildings.Marches were also reported in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in Beni Sueif and Fayyum, South of Cairo, and in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada.

Last Wednesday’s bloody crackdown on the pro-Mursi protest camps has polarized Egypt, splintering the army-installed government and drawing forceful international condemnations.

The president of the UN Security Council pleaded for “maximum restraint” after an emergency meeting on Wednesday’s violence.

By Fars News Agency

 

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