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Urges a speedy transition to civilian rule, release of political detainees

Anti-Morsy demonstrators gather for a mass rally to show support for the army at Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday in this handout photo by the Egyptian Army. - Photo: Reuters
Anti-Morsy demonstrators gather for a mass rally to show support for the army at Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday in this handout photo by the Egyptian Army. - Photo: Reuters

The European Union said on Saturday it deplored the loss of life in Egypt and was following developments there with concern after deadly clashes in Cairo between protesters against the interim military-backed government and police.

European Union (EU) foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said the authorities should ensure a speedy transition to civilian rule and repeated demands that political detainees, including President Mohamed Morsy who was ousted by the army on July 3, should be released.

A spokesman said Ashton “deeply deplores the loss of life” after reports that dozens or more of Mr. Morsy’s supporters were shot dead in the Egyptian capital early Saturday as violence erupted after a night of massive rallies for and against the ousted Islamist President.

Ms. Ashton called on all sides to avoid violence, stressing that the “only solution is a rapid move to an inclusive transformation process.”

Egyptian Vice-President Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday strongly condemned the “excessive use of force” in Egypt after deadly clashes. The Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's top authority, Ahmed al-Tayyeb also criticised the killings. — AFP

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