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Mixed emotions in Egypt over Obama remarks

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:25

Aug. 15 - Reaction in Cairo to American condemnation of the violence that left hundreds dead is less than enthusiastic. Mana Rabiee reports.

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One day after an Egyptian government crackdown left hundreds dead and over 3-thousand wounded, reaction in Cairo to American condemnation of the violence is anything but enthusiastic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AYMEN AHMED SAEED, CAIRO RESIDENT, SAYING: "They are partners of the Egyptian military. Obama can say what he wants but these are just statements for the press." (SOUNDBITE) (English) GIHAD YOUNIS, CAIRO RESIDENT, SAYING: "About being against or supporting what happened yesterday, I want to tell him it's not your business - it's really not your business." They were responding to comments from President Barak Obama, who said normal U.S. cooperation with Egypt could not continue while civilians were being killed. "We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest…And today, the United States extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed and those who were wounded." But for some here, the message falls flat. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR TAMIR AL-SABRI, CAIRO RESIDENT, SAYING: "It's not enough. There has to be a complete total condemnation of the military coup and the massacres that followed." The U.S. has canceled a scheduled joint military exercise with Egypt, while it considers further steps. Meanwhile, the violence in Egypt continues. On Thursday, hundreds of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood set fire to a government building in Giza, to protest Wednesday's mass killings.

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Mixed emotions in Egypt over Obama remarks

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:25