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  8/14/2013, Elul 8, 5773

Turkish President Condemns Egyptian Deaths


Turkish President Abdullah Gul condemned the Egyptian army's quelling of protests organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. "This step is completely unacceptable," he was quoted as saying. Mr. Gul serves as president of the country while Recep Tayyip Erdoğan serves as Prime Minister.

Muslim Brotherhood members claimed that the death toll in the Cairo riots has now exceeded 500. The number of people injured was estimated at 9,000 people. So far there has been no verification as to the number of dead. Official data on events in Cairo indicate dozens of deaths. The interim Egyptian government has sent in security forces to quell protests organized by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. In the city of Minya, it was alleged that police fired tear gas at protesters who were said to be setting fire to a church.

The Muslim Brotherhood as founded in Egypt in 1928 and counts among its supports such historic fgures as Hajj Amin al-Husseini and Izz al-Din al-Qassam. Hamas was created out of Muslim Brotherhood groups operating in Gaza in 1987.

The interim Egyptian government is currently being led by Adly Mansour,  the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, and Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.