Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called for ‘Friday of anger’ rallies in the capital, Cairo, following the deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al - Haddad wrote in a message posted on Twitter, “Anti - coup rallies… will depart from all mosques of Cairo and head towards Ramsis square after prayer in ‘Friday of Anger. ’” In response, the anti - Morsi Tamarod protest group has called for counter demonstrations on Friday. The call for fresh rallies in Egypt comes after Wednesday’s bloodshed when Egyptian security forces moved in to clear out thousands of supporters of the ousted president from two camps - - one near the Rabaa al - Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a another one in Nahda Square in Giza. According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, nearly 640 people were killed and over 4,000 others injured in the crackdown. However, the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll far higher, saying more than 2,000 people had died in the police crackdown. On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council held a meeting on the Egyptian crisis at the request of France, Britain and Australia.
“The view of council members is that it is important to end violence in Egypt and that the parties exercise maximum restraint, ” said Argentina’s Ambassador to the UN Maria Cristina Perceval, whose country currently presides over the 15 - country body.
Perceval added that member states regretted the loss of life in Cairo, noting, “There was a common desire on the need to stop violence and to advance national reconciliation.” Several European countries have summoned Egyptian envoys to express their concern over the situation in the country. Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called for a thorough investigation of “the conduct of the security forces.” “The number of people killed or injured, even according to the government's figures, point to an excessive, even extreme use of force against demonstrators,” she said. Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.