Citing Snipers, Brotherhood Calls Off Rally
Defense minister says 'we will not stand by'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
A son of Ammar Badie, 38, killed Friday by Egyptian forces, and son of Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, prays during his funeral in Cairo, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – The Muslim Brotherhood today canceled a massive protest against Egypt's military, saying the move was prompted by "the presence of army snipers" positioned along the planned route in the streets of Cairo. Another protest march to the Supreme Constitutional Court was to go forward, reports al-Jazeera, and security there was already heightened. It's another tumultuous day in Egypt; a look around at the latest:

  • Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi spoke publicly for the first time since Wednesday's crackdown, saying, "We will not stand by silently watching the destruction of the country and the people or the torching the nation and terrorizing the citizens." He denied the military sought power, notes the AP, but said it has "the honor to protect the people's will—which is much dearer (than) ruling Egypt."

  • The official death toll has hit 830, Reuters reports, citing state media. That number includes 79 people yesterday.
  • Egypt's interim Cabinet is meeting, reports the BBC, and a decision on whether to ban the Brotherhood is expected.
  • Meanwhile, security forces are targeting members of the Brotherhood in an attempt to de-claw protests, and carried out raids this morning that detained some 300 officials.
  • Mohamed ElBaradei, who last week resigned as vice president in protest of the crackdown, left the country today. He headed for Vienna.

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Aug 18, 2013 9:44 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... The Muslim Brotherhood must arm themselves .. and form a military wing. The only way the Egyptian military coup leaders, will respect the Muslim Brotherhood .. is when they form the Muslim Brotherhood military-wing .. and start defending themselves .. and give back, what they are receiving. Only when the Muslim Brotherhood shows some military power .. will the generals listen to them...... REALLY
Aug 18, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
Aww shucks,I was hoping to see some good sniper shooting footage on the news.
Aug 18, 2013 5:04 PM CDT
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Nazi's are the same thing. ( The Muslim Brotherhood is A LOT worse.) Yes, it is in Egypt's best interest to ban the Muslim Brotherhood . Remember your history, how good were the Nazi's in peaceful negations and sharing and taking turns?