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Egypt crisis serves US, Israeli interests: Iranian MP

Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of a blaze in Cairo, August 14, 2013.

Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of a blaze in Cairo, August 14, 2013.

A senior Iranian lawmaker has condemned the mass killing of Egyptian protesters by the country’s security forces, insisting that the current state of affairs in the African country only serves the US and Israeli interests.

“The current situation in Egypt benefits the US and the Zionist Regime [of Israel], and this country should not allow intervention by others,” said Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Thursday.

“It is unfortunate that an important Islamic country such as Egypt has slipped into such a situation after its revolutionary movement and change of regime,” he added.

The Iranian lawmaker expressed concern over the possibility of civil war between the interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as it can lead to chaos which “would not be tolerated by the world.”

He reiterated that the current crisis in Egypt is the outcome of acts of intervention by the US and the Israeli regime.

Boroujerdi urged Egyptian intellectuals, thinkers and scholars to use their capacities to manage the country and help it overcome the current crisis.

The Iranian lawmaker’s remarks come after Egyptian security forces moved in on Wednesday to clear out thousands of supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, from two camps — one near the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a smaller one in Nahda Square in Giza.

According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, over 460 people were killed in the violence, and about 3,000 were injured.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll far higher, saying more than 2,000 people had died in the police crackdown on Morsi supporters.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry says 43 of the dead were policemen.

Egyptian authorities say the interim government forces will stand firm against any more protests. The Muslim Brotherhood say they will continue with protests until they “bring down this military coup.”

Tensions have intensified in Egypt since July 3, when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament.

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