Turkey urges Egypt to end mosque siege

Turkey urges Egypt to end mosque siege
# 17 August 2013 17:10 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Turkey on Saturday urged Egypt's interim government to end a siege against Cairo's Al-Fatah Mosque occupied by hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Turkey calls for an immediate end to the siege on Al-Fatah Mosque without resorting to bloodshed and on the basis of respect to human rights," said a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Turkey expects Egyptian authorities to avoid acts that go against values such as respect to human life, human dignity and sacred places, the statement said.

A large number of Morsi's loyalists have taken refuge in Al- Fatah Mosque in Ramses Square since early Friday, after they clashed with security forces in protest of a dispersal operation against their two sit-in camps Wednesday.

Among the group sheltering in the mosque are two Turkish journalists, Metin Turan of state-run TRT and Hiba Zakariya of Anatolia news agency, said the statement.

The statement said it was the responsibility of the Egyptian government to ensure a safe exit for the Egyptian citizens and the Turkish nationals.

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