DUBAI - Qatar, a main supporter of Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, expressed concern over bloodshed in Egypt after at least nine people died in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president, the QNA state news agency reported on Tuesday.
The agency said the Qatari Foreign Ministry source also expressed concern over the continued detention of Morsi since the army forced him out of office earlier this month.
Morsi has been held at an undisclosed military facility since the army deposed him on July 3 and suspended the constitution in the wake of street protests against his one-year rule. The army says he is being held for his own safety.
"A responsible source at the Qatari Foreign Ministry expressed his concern over the development of events in sisterly Arab Republic of Egypt, especially after the increasing number of civilian victims," QNA said.
The source also expressed surprise at the continued holding of Morsi since he was ousted earlier this month and said the only way out of the crisis was through dialogue.
"This dialogue is not possible in the absence of one of its parties and the holding of its symbols," it added, referring to Morsi.
Most Gulf Arab states, wary of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on Islamists in their own countries, have welcomed the army's ouster of Morsi. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait swiftly offered Egypt $12 billion in aid.