Gunbattle fought in Cairo mosque as Egypt mulls Brotherhood ban
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:25
Aug. 17 - Egypt's prime minister proposes disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The sound of gunfire as Egyptian security forces take aim at gunmen holed up in a mosque in Cairo.
Supporters cheer as police unleash automatic weapons.
The gunmen had opened fire on security forces from a second floor window of the mosque where hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi have taken refuge since protests turned violent on Friday.
Government forces stormed the mosque in another round of violence that has claimed the lives of almost 800 people in four days.
Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is now considering disbanding the Brotherhood altogether.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAZEM EL-BEBLAWI, SAYING:
"There is no reconciliation with those whose hands are covered in blood. There is no reconciliation for anyone who has raised arms against the country, against its people. There is no reconciliation with those who have broken the law."
Many Western allies have denounced the killings. The US is alarmed by the chaos in a country which has a strategic peace treaty with Israel and operates the Suez Canal, a major artery of world trade.
Despite the bloodshed, the Islamist group has urged its supporters to take to the streets every day this coming week.
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