June 15, 2013 / 7:34 PM / 6 years ago

Egypt's Mursi calls for Syria no-fly zone

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi urged world powers not to hesitate to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria on Saturday, as he threw the backing of the most populous Arab state firmly behind the revolt against the Iranian-backed Damascus government.

The Islamist head of state had previously appeared somewhat less confrontational toward President Bashar al-Assad than Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. But in a speech to Sunni Muslim clerics in Cairo he said he had cut all ties to Damascus and demanded Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah movement quit Syria.

Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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