Criticizing the Egyptian’s army bloody crackdown against protesters today, Qatar has called on those in power there to “refrain and relinquish” their heavy-handed approach.
Confrontations against those staging two sit-ins in Cairo to support ousted president Mohammad Morsi have left at least 94 dead and thousands injured, according to Al Jazeera English.
Citing an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, QNA reports that Qatar is condemning the violence, and reiterating its call for the release of several Muslim Brotherhood officials who were detained after Morsi was removed from office on July 3.
The State of Qatar sees that the secure and safe way to resolve such a crisis is the peaceful manner and the principle of dialogue between the parties who should live together within the framework of political and social pluralism and no one can exclude the other.
The calls made for dialogue could have been fruitful if they were followed by indications to show seriousness such as releasing the political detainees and halting the prosecutions and chases.
Elsewhere in the world, European Union officials also called for restraint. In Turkey, president Abdullah Gul said: “An armed intervention against civilian people who stage protests is unacceptable, regardless of its justification.”
But the conflict between supporters of Egypt’s first democratically elected president and his detractors is not likely to end anytime soon. Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh, who is in Cairo, said:
“This battle is much bigger than what you’re seeing and the casualties. This is a fight for the future of the country, and something that will determine the course of the Egyptian revolution that has been going on for two years now.
Credit: Photo courtesy of AJELive on Twitter