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Egypt tightens security as curfew continues

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 01:38

Aug. 18 - An army-enforced dusk-to-dawn curfew returned Sunday as the military and interim government leadership pledged to protect Egypt. Nathan Frandino reports.

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STORY: Enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew, army soldiers in Cairo man checkpoints and inspect cars for weapons after days of violence in the Egyptian capital. At least 850 people have been killed in clashes between followers of deposed leader Mohamed Mursi and the army-backed government. Most of the deaths stem from a crackdown by the army on Muslim Brotherhood supporters engaging in sit-ins. The Egyptian army chief has defended their actions, calling it their mission to protect the people. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN ARMY CHIEF, GENERAL ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "The will of the Egyptian people is free, their will is free, they can choose whoever they want to rule them, and we are the guardians of this will. The army and the police right now are the guardians of the will of the people with regard to choosing who their leaders will be. That's true." Despite the ongoing state of emergency, protests by Brotherhood supporters have continued. Supporters marched toward the constitutional court, calling for the reinstatement of Mursi's presidency. Unlike previous days, Sunday's march did not end in violence. The interim foreign minister says while stopping that violence remains a key priority, dialogue is the preferred path. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERIM FOREIGN MINISTER, NABIL FAHMY, SAYING: "Security has to be ensured. Stability has to be found. But the political dialogue option is paramount, is on the table for anyone that has not violated the law. That's the position, that's where we want to move." The minister also announced an investigation to address the growing concerns over the deadly clashes.

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Egypt tightens security as curfew continues

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 01:38