29 January 2013

Egypt: MOI- Armed Groups Target Security Forces and Public Facilities

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday that its forces were exposed to unprecedented attacks while they were securing the protests.

The ministry said that armed groups assaulted public facilities through violent confrontations with the security forces.

"The ministry emphasizes its firm believe in the citizen's right to peaceful expression of opinion and peaceful protests. The security forces exert all the effort to secure citizens while exercising this right. Nevertheless our forces were subjected to unsurpassed attacks associated with the emergence of violent groups," said the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior.

In a statement published on the ministry's Facebook page, he pointed out that they monitored some infiltrated groups sneaking into peaceful protests in order to break in several government bodies.

These armed groups target public utility services and storm into tourist facilities. They halted the railway and underground trains and brought the 6 October and Qasr al-Nil bridges to a standstill.

He added that the security forces captured a number of members of those groups, saying that they will bring them to justice.

He stressed that the ongoing turbulent political scene will slow down the process of reaching the security and stability that everyone wants to achieve.

The ministry appealed to all political forces to carry out their national responsibilities in finding effective solutions to the current crisis.

The spokesman reiterated that the ministry is focused on maintaining security and safety for all citizens, and that it distances itself from the political scene.

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