Egyptian official: Its 'natural' that Israel concerned by Egypt's security situation

By YASSER OKBI, REUTERS
August 19, 2013 18:47

Mustafa Hijazi says Israel understands that Egyptian security affects whole region; Morsi's detention extended 15 days.

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Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai

Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An adviser to interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour said Monday that it is natural that Israel, like Cairo, wants a stable security situation maintained in Egypt because Jerusalem understands that any deterioration of stability in the country "is liable to influence the entire region."

Speaking in an interview with Russia al-Youm, an Arabic-language Russian media outlet, Mustafa Hijazi said that "Israel is naturally following the events, as a regional neighbor, and wants to be assured, because what's happening right now in Egypt is important to all in the region."

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Hijazi stated that many countries want to harm Egypt, but "fascism will not defeat us. He contended that Egypt was facing "violence in the name of religion."

Hijazi attacked the Muslim Brotherhood, stating that the group bears the responsibility "for every drop of blood being shed in the country."

He referred to the Brotherhood as "an extremist enemy of the Egyptian people" that is engaging in terrorist activity in order to get its way.

Hijazi vowed that "victory" over the Muslim Brotherhood would come soon.

Meanwhile, Egypt's public prosecutor ordered on Monday the detention of deposed President Mohamed Morsi for 15 days pending an investigation into allegations he participated in "violent acts", state news agency MENA said.

On Thursday, Egyptian judicial authorities extended Morsi's detention period for 30 days in a separate case.

Morsi, who was overthrown by the army on July 3, is being held at an undisclosed location on allegations of murder and spying. The new case centers on protests that took place in front of the presidential palace last December, MENA said.


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