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Tuesday
Jul232013

Clashes Continue in Cairo as Morsi's Family Calls for His Release

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Nearly three weeks after Mohamed Morsi was removed as Egypt's president, the country remains in a state of upheaval with violent clashes still erupting in the streets of Cairo.

The latest incidents that occurred Monday left several people dead and wounded, and prompted interim President Adly Mansour to deliver a televised speech to urge calm.  He also called for reconciliation between pro- and anti-Morsi groups as the only way to move Egypt forward.

However, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have vowed not to end their daily protests until the former president is returned to power.

Morsi's family also made a public demand that he be released from custody, claiming he was kidnapped.  No one has seen the deposed president since July 3, when the military, led by army commander and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, staged what many say was a coup.

Morsi's daughter, Shaimaa, lashed out at el-Sissi, saying, "We hold responsible the leader of the bloody military coup and his group, the security and safety of the health of my father, the civilian and the president.''

Despite wide Islamist support for Morsi, the interim government is moving ahead with rewriting the constitution approved by voters last December.  Critics of Morsi's regime said the charter was skewed toward creating an Islamist nation with little regard for the economic and social problems that still plague Egypt.

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