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Egypt's military displays air power over Cairo

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 01:00

July 7 - Parading across Cairo's skyline, the Egyptian military puts up an aerial show of force. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Egypt's air force staged several fly pasts and aerial acrobatic maneuvers above Cairo on Sunday as tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir square to reaffirm support for the military's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. Massive protests on June 30 led the military on Wednesday (July 3) to overthrow Mursi, the country's first democratically elected president, after only one year in office. Dozens of fighter jets and helicopters took part in several formations across the sky just before sunset as the rally took place in Tahrir square. Supporters of the ousted president held a counter protest outside his place of detention in Cairo on Sunday while a military-driven plan to resolve the political crisis remained mired in mistrust and confusion. The transitional authorities had been set to appoint liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, a favorite of young anti-Mursi protest leaders, before his candidacy was thrown into doubt when a hardline Islamist party objected. On Saturday, President Barack Obama condemned the violence and said the United States was not working with any particular party or group in Egypt. Washington, which gives Egypt $1.5 billion a year of aid, has not condemned the military take-over or called it a coup, prompting suspicion within the Brotherhood that it tacitly supports the overthrow.

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Egypt's military displays air power over Cairo

Sunday, July 07, 2013 - 01:00