As Egypt enters three-day mourning period for this week's fatal events in Sinai and Giza, Kerry gets vocal on Brotherhood

Published November 21st, 2013 - 06:26 GMT
The attacks in Sinai Wednesday killed 11 soldiers (AFP)
The attacks in Sinai Wednesday killed 11 soldiers (AFP)

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced a three-day period of mourning following this week's fatal events in Giza and Sinai, according to Al-Ahram Arabic.
Wednesday's suicide bomber attack claimed the lives of 11 soldiers, and Monday's train crash in Giza killed 26 people.

Egyptian officials have strongly denied that a renewed state of emergency would take effect following Wednesday's bomb attack, but mentioned that the current anti-terrorism law is currently under revision in the justice ministry.

Military chief General el-Sisi also told the Egyptian people through a recorded televised broadcast that Wednesday's attacks "only increase the government's determination to fight back against those who use weapons against the military, the police and the state."

"People should know we are all ready to die in order for Egypt to stay alive. We do not fear, because we know if we fall while defending our country we will be martyrs; we will stand like martyrs in front of God," said El-Sisi.

Wednesday's Sinai attack represents the bloodiest incident in the peninsula since mid-August when gunmen targeted and killed 25 policemen in Rafah. Dozens of militants and security officials have been killed in various attacks in the interim in almost daily assaults since the oust of former president Mohammed Morsi.

US Secretary of State John Kerry also made comments Wednesday about the case of Egypt saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is stealing Egypt's revolution from the people, according to the Daily Star.

Kerry said “the best antidote to extremism is opportunity. Those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology. They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more. They tweeted their ways and Facetimed their ways and talked to each other, and that’s what drove that revolution. And then it got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood.”

The United States has repeatedly described the overthrow of formerly elected president Mohammed Morsi as a "bid [to] restore democracy."

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