28 January 2013

Egypt: Sisi Confirms Importance of Unity for Egypt

Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi confirmed that the nation needs unity to pass through this current transition phase. He added that the Armed Forces do their national duty to secure the State's institutions. He added that the Armed Forces assert the right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of expression.

This was announced by Armed Forces Spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohamed. The spokesman also called on the residents of Port Said and Suez to maintain public property.

He also denied reports on the army's use of live ammunition against protesters, killing a large number of civilians.

The Armed Forces' mission in Port Said was to control the situation and secure strategic and vital facilities particularly those that affect the lives of the people, he said.

The Defense Minister approved providing medical treatment for 17 people injured during Port Said riots that took place on Saturday in the hospitals of the Armed Forces.

On the other hand, Commander of the Third Field Army Major General Osama Askar assured in a press conference that troops were deployed in Suez City to secure squares and streets.

Askar added that 90% of the civil police forces did not leave Suez city and coordination with police forces is underway to restore security to the governorate.

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