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Egyptians celebrate Eid in tense atmosphere

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:08

Aug. 8 - Egyptians begin celebration of Eid al-Fitr amidst renewed threats by the army to forcefully clear sit-ins. Tom Dinham reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NO ACCESS EGYPT/NO ACCESS MAINLAND CHINA* Demonstrators welcome the start of Eid al-Fitr with prayers in Cairo' Tahrir Square. Celebration of the Muslim religious holiday comes at a tense time for Egyptians, as mediation efforts between the interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood have collapsed. The army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi. Pro-Mursi supporters have been camped out in two main squares for over a month. His opponents who backed the army intervention have taken up camp in Tahrir Square. The acting president of Egypt, Adli Mansour, joined Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, in attending early morning prayers on Thursday. Mansour, in a message on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, said Egypt was in critical condition. Nearly 300 people have been killed in political violence since Mursi's overthrow, including 80 Mursi supporters shot dead by security forces on July 27.

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Egyptians celebrate Eid in tense atmosphere

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:08