A political commentator has warned about a potential for a full - blow conflict inside of Egypt.
In an exclusive interview with a news agency on Friday, Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor of Pan - African News Wire, said that the brutal killing of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi by security forces along with the rising violence in different cities in the country is leading to “a potential for a full - blown civil conflict inside of Egypt which will have devastating implications throughout the region. ”
“Egypt is indeed at a critical stage. There is no doubt that the massacre that occurred just two days ago has clearly escalated the tensions inside the country and then the spreading of sectarian violence throughout Egypt, ” he noted.
He went on to say that some political solution could have been worked out as late as three or four days ago. However, with the decision to go ahead with the crackdown on the sit-ins in Cairo and the subsequent deaths that have taken place, it is going to be very difficult now to bring about any type of real national reconciliation talks inside the country. He also accused the United States of failing to pinpoint the undemocratic change of political power in Egypt by army officials last month, saying, "The failure has actually in a way given the military officials a green light to carry out this massive crackdown against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as others who have been critical of what the interim government has been doing in Egypt now for over six weeks." On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters took part in what the Brotherhood called the "Day of Rage" against the army and its handpicked government. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement early Saturday that “the number of Muslim Brotherhood elements arrested reached 1004,” including 558 in Cairo alone. Meanwhile, security forces have surrounded Cairo’s Al-Fath mosque that is full of supporters of Morsi following deadly clashes which killed nearly 100 people across the North African country. Egypt has plunged into unrelenting string of violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian armed forces, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office, declaring chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president. The army also suspended the constitution. Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.