The ultra-conservative Islamist Nour party, which backed the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi , said Monday it had withdrawn from negotiations to form a new interim
government in protest at what it called the "massacre of the Republican
The statement came after the Muslim Brotherhood claimed that Egyptian security forces opened fire on a group of its supporters staging a sit-in outside where Morsi is believed to be held, killing 34 people.
"We've announced our withdrawal from all tracks of
negotiations as a first response," Nader Bakar, spokesman for the Nour party, Egypt's
second biggest Islamist party, said on Facebook.