Egypt: Current Security Crisis Caused By Political Differences

In an Important Dialogue with "Al Ahram", Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin said that Tahrir Square and the surrounding area witness great chaos, stressing that the police used only tear gas to keep protesters away. He confirmed the innocence of police of cartouche shots that injured some young demonstrators.

The Minister of Interior warned if a civil war was initiated, nobody would be able to put an end to it adding then the police would be at a critical situation.

We are committed to implementing the law, safeguard the domestic front, he said adding the Ministry of Interior is a national Egyptian ministry which is doing its job for maintaining the interest of the homeland. He said police troops use only tear gas canisters to disperse protesters and those who attempt to attack the police and important facilities.

He said cartouche injuries were registered from among protesters and the police, adding police troops are resisting attacks against them and against important facilities and do not confront peaceful demonstrations or sits in.

The Minister of Interior said following the cancellation of emergency law, the Ministry of Interior has submitted a new bill called "law on protection against hard criminals".

He said disagreements among politicians are behind lawlessness adding in spite of differences, the security situation in Egypt is generally stable. He said excesses on the part of some officers are strongly faced.

Gamal Eddin pointed out that the current security crisis caused by political differences, adding that intensive efforts are currently underway for launching an all out dialogue with political powers to find a way out of the current crisis and settling disagreements among those powers.

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