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Morsi Backers Say Massacre Could Make Egypt 'A New Syria'
Muslim Brotherhood supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi clash with police outside the Republican Guards base in Cairo early on July 8, 2013. At least 51 were killed and 300 wounded in the violence. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)
July 8, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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The deaths of more than 50 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo today may trigger widespread violence and lead the political wing of the Brotherhood to rise up against Egypt’s military. It’s not only a major setback for the military’s efforts to pull together an interim government to bring stability to Egypt after several days of mass protests, but could signal the start of a civil war similar to the conflict now raging in Syria.
Today’s killings of Muslim Brotherhood supporters has endangered delicate negotiations to form an interim government after it led the al-Nour Party, an ultra-conservative Islamist political party, to withdraw from the talks in response to what it said was the “massacre” of Morsi’s supporters.
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