Jakarta, 22 Ramadhan 1434 / 30 July 2013 (MINA) – A Middle East analyst Fahmi Salsabila is deeply concerned with the massacres and oppression by Egypt’s military against citizens who conduct peaceful demonstrations.
The Secretary General of The Indonesian Society for Middle East Studies (ISMES) stated that the conditions in Egypt today is a setback for the Egyptian where the Egyptian army restore the situation in Egypt back into the era of Hosni Mubarak.
“The condition will be even worse than the era of Hosni Mubarak,” he told Mi’raj News Agency reporter when contacted him by phone on Monday night (29/7).
He stated that Egyptian military has acted repressively and clearly committed massacres against civilians.
Fahmi describes the tragic incident that occurred when the army launched bloody attacks against the supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Mursi, who gathered outside the headquarters of Egypt’s elite forces, the Republican Guard, in Cairo.
Bloodyvattack was carried out by the Egyptian military, especially since the supporters of Mursi perform Fajr prayer in congregation on Monday (8/7) local time.
In that incident, many innocent Muslims became victims. One of them was an Egyptian media photographer named Ahmed Samir Assem (26) which is a newspaper photographer of the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala. He was shot dead after he took a picture from the top of the building.
“Even an Egyptian photographer record his own death through the lens of his video camera when an Egyptian soldier aiming his rifle toward him,” he said.
Tensions have increased in Egypt since the General al-Sisi announced on July 3, 2013 that Mursi was ousted from his post as president of Egypt. Al-Sisi also suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament.
Local media reported that at least 200 people were killed, while more than 4,500 were wounded in an attack carried out since Friday (26/7) against supporters of Mursi.
Residents said most of the victims were shot in the head, showing these shots were intentionally hurt its own citizens. After the coup that struck Mursi, temporary leader cannot do much to restore his country’s political stability.
“The Egyptian military still have a large influence in the country’s political stability. Egypt’s interim government today can not do anything about it, “he said.
Egypt Has a Strategic Role
Fahmi Salsabila, a senior researcher from ISMES states that from this riot in Egypt, the western (America and Israel) get the benefit.
“That’s because Egypt has a strategic role in geostrategic especially on the peace process in the Middle East, especially in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an important trading point on the Suez Canal,” he said.
Egypt becomes the mediator in the reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah for nearly two years. Egypt also managed to arrange the truce after the eight-day war between the Palestinian resistance movement in Gaza Strip and Israel in November 2012.
Earlier, the deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi also committed to continue the efforts to achieve reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. (L/P05/P02/R2/E1).
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)