Daily Israel Report

'Full Military Coup Underway' in Egypt

Airport officials confirmed they received orders to prevent Morsi from leaving the country. Armored vehicles on the streets.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/3/2013, 7:33 PM

Mohammed Morsi
Mohammed Morsi
AFP photo

A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt tweeted Wednesday that a "full military coup" was under way.

The BBC  said that armored vehicles were on the streets of Cairo.

AFP cited security officials who said that Egyptian security forces imposed a travel ban on Morsi and several top Islamist allies over their involvement in a prison escape in 2011.

Airport officials confirmed to AFP that they had received orders to prevent the leaders -- including Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater -- from travelling abroad.

As the 48-hour deadline from the military to comply with protesters' demands ended, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi proposed a consensus government as a way out of the country's crisis, reported Al Jazeera.

"The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," Morsi's office said on Wednesday in a statement on Facebook.

The statement reiterated that Morsi held opposition parties responsible for obstructing a political initiative that would have set up a panel to prepare amendments to the Egyptian constitution.

Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper is predicting the military leadership will remove the president by force, if necessary, in order to resolve the political crisis that has developed.

Over the past few weeks, a groundswell of protests by demonstrators in cities around the country has grown from a few thousand to more than 22 million.

An expert from Ariel University predicted Wednesday that if Morsi is toppled, Egypt could face a series of "mini rebellions."