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Cairo envoy: Egypt will prevail against 'terrorism'

Aug. 19, 2013 4:46 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2013 7:43 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Egypt will triumph over "terrorism" and "extremist groups" threatening the country's security, ambassador to Palestine Yasser Othman said Monday.

Speaking at a gathering outside Egypt's embassy in Ramallah, Othman said Egypt is "moving forward towards resuming its nationalistic and strategic role in the Arab world."

He applauded the "honorable" stance of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Palestine, towards the situation in Egypt.

A representative of the Egyptian community in Palestine, Izz Addin Abu Taha, handed a letter to Othman applauding the country's efforts to fight "terrorism."

Muwafaq Taha, a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council, attended the gathering and compared Egypt's battle against "terrorism" to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

Militants in Sinai killed 25 policemen on Monday in the deadliest attack of its kind in years, as Egypt struggles to deal with violent unrest sparked by the ouster of Mohamed Morsi by Egypt's army.

Around 800 people, mainly Muslim Brotherhood supporters, have been killed in several days of clashes with Egypt's armed forces.

Among those killed in the latest violence were 36 Muslim Brotherhood detainees who died in police custody overnight, with authorities saying they had suffocated on tear gas fired after they took a police officer hostage.

"The murder of 35 detained anti-coup protesters affirms the intentional violence aimed at opponents of the coup, and the cold-blooded killing of which they are targets," the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement in English.

According to an AFP tally, more than 1,000 people have been killed since mass demonstrations against Morsi erupted at the end of June, among them a son of the Brotherhood's supreme guide who died on Friday.

The violence sparked by the crackdown launched last Wednesday has drawn international condemnation.

European ambassadors were recalled from their summer break for a meeting Monday in Brussels, with EU foreign ministers due to review the bloc's ties with Egypt at an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

The European Union has pledged nearly five billion euros ($6.7 billion) in aid to Egypt but the bloc has cautioned this was under "constant review" after Morsi's ouster.
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