Morsi cuts Assad ties: calls for Syria no-fly zone
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi speaking during a conference in Cairo (HO / AFP)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced on Saturday the “definitive” cutting of ties with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and called for imposing a no-fly zone over the warn-torn country.
Egypt “decided today to definitively break off relations with the current regime in Syria, to close that regime's embassy in Cairo and to recall Egypt's charge d'affaires,” President Morsi said at a rally in Cairo on Saturday.
The “Support for Syria” rally was organized in Cairo and came a day after the Muslim Brotherhood denounced Hezbollah’s military intervention in Syria and backed calls for Jihad (holy war) there.
Sunni Muslim clerics had gathered in Cairo early this week urging the Muslim youth to go and fight in Syria against the Shiite Hezbollah and Iran.
In his speech on Saturday, Morsi also urged world powers not to hesitate to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.