Iran says violence in Egypt regrettable

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham

Press TV -(Tue Oct 8, 2013) Iran has expressed regret over the recent fatal clashes in Egypt, calling on both sides of the conflict to exercise self-restraint.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Monday called on Egyptian authorities to adopt a peaceful approach based on dialog to meet the demands of the Egyptian people. 
Over 50 people were reportedly killed and 270 others injured during clashes between the supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and police across the country on October 6. 
According to Ahmed al-Ansari, a top official of Egypt’s Health Ministry, at least 45 people died in the capital, Cairo, alone, when police forces confronted Morsi’s supporters who were trying to gather at the iconic Liberation Square. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said more than 420 protesters were also arrested. 
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also condemned any use of force against Egyptian demonstrators. 
“The enemies of Egypt seek to spread the seed of insecurity and instability in this country and undermine the unity of the great Egyptian nation,” Afkham stated. 
Egypt has often been experiencing violence since July 3, when the army ousted Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament. 
Around one thousand people reportedly died in a week of violence between Morsi’s supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14. 

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