Intent to Disperse Protest Camps Leaked | Reconciliation Reached in Minya

August 11, 2013 . By

Officials at the Ministry of the Interior said that the dispersal of the sit-ins at Raba’a al-Adaweya Mosque and Nahda Square could begin on Monday. One source told the BBC that the government leaked their intentions in order to give protestors an opportunity to leave the sites, but supporters of deposed President Muhammad Morsi instead flocked to the protests. By early Monday morning, it was evident that the government had reconsidered its plan. Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said, “If the police force [undertake] their procedures, they will do that in accordance with the law by court order and in accordance to the basic norms on which these things are done.” Morsi loyalists called for new protests.

The state-run Middle East News Agency reported that Muslim and Christian families affected by the violence in Minya on August 3-5 had reached a reconciliation agreement. The traditional reconciliation talks were facilitated by government spokesmen, religious figures, and representatives of the families. The final agreement precluded all forms of legal action against the perpetrators of the violence.

Sectarian violence broke out in Beni Suef, as a petty dispute between neighbors led to an attack on a church and Christian-owned property.

Across the region, U.S. embassies – including the one in Cairo – reopened after a week of being closed. The embassy in Yemen remained shuttered, as Yemen has been the focus of many terror threats.