UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported killing of dozens of people at a mass protest site in Egypt, urging all sides to act with maximum restraint and solve their differences through peaceful means.
The secretary-general is gravely concerned about the mounting violence in Egypt as the country’s political crisis continues and “disturbed by the reported killings of more than 50 people at protests outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Egypt earlier [on Monday],” said a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson.
The deadly violence erupted early on Monday after days of unrest that followed the Egyptian army’s removal of Morsi, who was elected as a president last summer.
The UN chief also called on all Egyptians to be mindful of the precarious path the country was now on and to do everything possible to avoid further escalation.
He once again urged all sides to act with maximum restraint, stressing that “protests must remain peaceful and the security forces must abide strictly by international standards.”
Egypt’s armed forces removed Morsi from his post last Wednesday after days of massive protests against him due to his poor performance since he was elected president in June last year.
Clashes erupted Friday between Morsi’s opponents and proponents in several governorates across the country, including the capital Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Qena, Assiut, Fayoum and North Sinai. – SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua