Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called for ‘uprising’ after dozens of its supporters were killed by the security forces in the capital, Cairo.
In a statement on Monday, the group’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, appealed for “an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks.”
It also urged the “international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres… and prevent a new Syria in the Arab world.”
The party was reacting to killing of over 40 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in a sit-in in Cairo on Monday.
The Muslim Brotherhood said that snipers targeted protesters attending the sit-in outside the Republican Guard building.
“Morsi supporters were praying while the police and army fired live rounds and tear gas at them,” the Brotherhood said.
The incident took place outside a key army headquarters, where – according to AFP – reporters were not allowed access.
The army reportedly fired tear gas canister and bullets in the air to disperse the crowd.
AFP quoted one protesters as saying that men in civilian clothing attacked the demonstrators.
“The Republican Guard fired tear gas but the thugs came from the side. We were the target,” the protester told AFP.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has condemned violence in Cairo, adding that the incident was a “massacre”.
“I strongly condemn the massacre that took place in Egypt at morning prayer in the name of the fundamental human values which we have been advocating,” Davutoglu said on Twitter.
Dozens have died and more than 1,000 people have been injured in street clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi in the aftermath of the military coup on Wednesday.