Egyptian military removes President Mohamed Morsi - as it happened

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摘要:4.50am BST Summary We're going to wrap up our overnight coverage of a monumental day in . Here is a summary of events as they unfolded: The Egyptian army deposed President Mohamed Morsi after four day


We're going to wrap up our overnight coverage of a monumental day in . Here is a summary of events as they unfolded:

  • The Egyptian army deposed President Mohamed Morsi after four days of sustained giant street protests that eclipsed even the rallies that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Morsi became the second Egyptian leader to be kicked out of power in 28 months. 
  • General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the change in government in a televised address joined by influential leaders of opposition parties and religious groups. Among those who spoke after Sisi were opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the sheikh of Al-Azhar mosque and the Coptic pope. Leaders of the Islamist Nour party also joined the announcement.
  • Mohamed Morsi is being held at a military intelligence facility along with Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide.
  • US president Barack Obama has refrained from describing the ousting as a coup d'état, but has said the US will review its aid policy with Egypt. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and EU foreign affairs and the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Baroness Ashton, have voiced their concern at the situation, but also refrained from describing the events as a coup d'état.
  • The death toll has risen to at least 14, as Morsi supporters and the military clashed in areas around the country. Two spokesmen for the Muslim Brotherhood described an attack on a rally in Cairo, which was later downplayed by reporters who visited the scene.
  • A crackdown on media reporting has been criticised, following a raid on Al-Jazeera offices in Cairo and the closure of three TV channels. It has also been reported that 300 arrest warrants have been issued for Muslim Brotherhood members.

Background: The diplomatic issues in naming Morsi's ousting a coup d'état

Here is a bit of background from my colleague Helen Davidson on the diplomatic issues for the United States if it names Morsi's ousting as a coup d'état:

Naming today's events in Egypt a coup d'état, is not just about semantics. The definition would drastically affect US foreign policy towards Egypt.

The US gives around $1.25 billion in US aid and military aid to Egypt, which they may be obligated to cut back on if the events are a defined as a military coup.

The 1961 Foreign Assistance Act says the US has to suspend aid to any country in the event of a military coup. But it does leave room for discretion.

The language is complicated but a  "restricts assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

Yesterday President Barack Obama said he has “directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the impact under US law for our assistance to the government of Egypt."

But in a statement earlier today Obama refrained from defining the ousting as a coup d'état.

The potential for US aid money to be cut off is partly why in saying what has happened was "not a military coup whatsoever", and Morsi saying that it is.

Some foreign policy commentators have said as what's going on in Egypt may yet be a form of democratic expression, given that - according to his sources - more people demonstrated against Morsi's government than voted for him in the election. 

Reuters have a further update on the alleged attack on a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo, which downplays the earlier allegations made by two spokesmen

The report states:

There was a brief outbreak of shooting early on Thursday around a gathering near a Cairo mosque of supporters of deposed president , but witnesses said it was not clear that anyone was injured...

A Reuters correspondent at the scene later spoke to three people who had heard gunfire for a few minutes after 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) but saw no casualties. One man living in a nearby building said he believed people had been shooting in the air.


More on the alleged attack on a Muslim Brotherhood gathering in Cairo:

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad has tweeted further description of the alleged incident:

Gehad El-Haddad (@gelhaddad)

Attack lasted 4 15 min. Impossible to tell who is attacking, they wore plain cloths. Weren't armed forces supposed to protect protests ?

Another Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, Osama Gado, has told Reuters that the gathering was attacked by petrol bomb.

El-Haddad has also spoken to Reuters and said that the pro-Morsi gathering occurred at a site near a mosque in Cairo where around 2,000 supporters had gathered, some of whom were praying at the time of the alleged attack. He said he was not sure if there had been any casualties.


NBC News correspondent is in Cairo. A short time ago he posted this which purportedly shows protestors banging on the security barrier at the presidential palace. Mohyeldin described the scene as "deafening".

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has called for Egypt to make a swift return to democracy, as his government upgrades travel warnings urging hundreds of Australians in the country to consider leaving, AAP reports.

Mr Rudd said he was aware of the controversies surrounding president Morsi's rule but described the latest developments are "extraordinary".

"We want to see the return to full democratic government in Egypt as rapidly as possible," he said.

"I believe that's the expectation of the international community."

Australian foreign minister Bob Carr stopped short of labelling the event a coup but called for all sides to show restraint. 

"We're not supporting it, we're not opposing it," he told ABC radio.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has appealed for calm and restraint in Egypt, .

The statement does not condemn the Egyptian armed forces but voiced "concern" at their involvment in deposing the president.

It says:

Egypt’s transition is now at another delicate juncture following the army’s announcement that it is suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state – decisions that have not been accepted by President Morsy

At this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General reiterates his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint. An inclusive approach is essential to addressing their needs and concerns of all Egyptians...

In their protests many Egyptians have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns. At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern. Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman claims pro-Morsi rally attacked by group carrying machine guns

A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman has appeared live on the BBC via telephone, claiming that a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo has been attacked by a group carrying machine guns.

Gehad el-Haddad claimed a group had broken into the rally and were not wearing military uniforms.

Asked who he blamed, he replied: "the military forces, for the whole thing."

The live cross over was not able to pinpoint the exact location of the alleged attack.


Death toll updated to at least 14

The death toll from clashes between Morsi supporters and the military, has been revised. At least 14 people have been killed around the country, Reuters say. Previously the numberwas said to be at least 10.

Eight of those reported dead were in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh. Al-Anani Hamouda, a senior provincial security official, said two members of security forces were among those killed in the clashes.

Three people have been killed and at least 50 wounded in Alexandria.

The Associated Press , delivered by the Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, earlier today.

It begins:

The armed forces couldn't plug its ears or close its eyes as the movement and demands of the masses calling for them to play a national role, not a political role as the armed forces themselves will be the first to proclaim that they will stay away from politics

Here is our video of al-Sisi's earlier address:

Wikipedia has launched a new page describing today's events as a coup d'état.

The entry, , starts with the following two sentences:

The 2013 Egyptian coup d'état occurred on 3 July when the minister of defense Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi announced the suspension of the constitution and the removal of the president from his office. The coup d'etat happened following mass protests calling for the deposition of the President Mohamed Morsi and was followed by massive cheers throughout Egypt.

The EU has called for a quick return to democracy in Egypt, and acknowledged the "new administration" in office.

The EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Baroness Ashton :

I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and complete its democratic transition.

The statement continues:

I hope that the new administration will be fully inclusive and reiterate the importance of ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, freedoms, and the rule of law and will hold the authorities to account for this.


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) at the raid on Al-Jazeera offices in Egypt, and the closure of at least three television stations supportive of Mohamed Morsi.

A statement on its website reads:

Misr25, the Muslim Brotherhood's television station, went off the air minutes after Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian defense minister, announced Morsi's ouster, state . A live feed from Misr25 that was being carried by Al-Jazeera English suddenly went black, as did the outlet's live YouTube feed. Misr25 had carried news and commentary that directly reflected the Muslim Brotherhood's political perspective.

Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Coordinator said:

We are concerned by reports that authorities are shutting down television coverage based on political perspective.

We urge the military not to deprive Egyptians of information sources at this important juncture.

Morsi being held by military, Reuters report

Reuters is reporting that ousted president Mohamed Morsi is being held by the authorities, according to a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and an Egyptian security official.

Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Morsi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where.

A security official has said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.

Here is the audio of my conversation with Guardian Egypt correspondent Patrick Kingsley from a little earlier.

Patrick describes the atmosphere in central Cairo and discusses some of the pro-Morsi rallies he attended in east Cairo earlier today ().

He also discusses the ongoing crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood members, and about what role the Egyptian army will take in setting up an interim government.

Al-Jazeera that 10 people have been killed in clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and the army. Three of the deaths have occured in Alexandria, according to state media. 

Here is the text of their report:

At least 10 people were killed when opponents and supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, clashed after the army announced his removal on Wednesday, state media and officials said.

Gunfire broke out as rocks and bricks flew during fighting in Alexandria, witnesses said.

At least three people were killed in the Mediterranean city, state news agency MENA reported. An earlier report said at least 50 people were wounded.

One of the dead was a woman stabbed in the stomach, MENA said.

The other two were men hit by birdshot.

Here is a link to Obama's full statement:

The White House (@whitehouse)

Statement by President Obama on : ,

More on the ongoing crackdown. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party and its deputy chief have been arrested, according to AP.

The Associated Press (@AP)

BREAKING: Egyptian officials say head of Brotherhood's political party and group's deputy chief are arrested. -MM

More on . The US president says he is "deeply concerned" by the military's removal, but has stopped short of calling it a coup d'etat.

AP quotes an extract of the statement:

I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters

The quotes this extract:

During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts.

Barack Obama has ordered a review of US aid to Egypt, according to a breaking news tweet from the Associated Press.

The Associated Press (@AP)

BREAKING: Obama orders review of U.S. aid after Egyptian military ousts Morsi. -MM

Our Egypt correspondent Patrick Kingsley has tweeted that some Egyptian Islamists are already fearing reprisals, and that 300 arrest warrants have just been issued for Muslim Brotherhood members.

Patrick Kingsley (@PatrickKingsley)

So... Islamists feared reprisals should Morsi go. And with 300 warrants out for MB leaders already, it seems it's already going that way.

I've recently got off the phone with Patrick and will post the audio of our conversation shortly.


Welcome to our continued coverage of a monumental day in Egypt, that has seen President Mohamed Morsi deposed and an interim government installed. My colleague in the US Tom McCarthy has written this summary of events so far:

The Egyptian army deposed President Mohamed Morsi after four days of sustained giant street protests that eclipsed even the rallies that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Morsi became the second Egyptian leader to be kicked out of power in 28 months. 

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the change in government in a televised address joined by influential leaders of opposition parties and religious groups. Among those who spoke after Sisi were opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the sheikh of Al-Azhar mosque and the Coptic pope. Leaders of the Islamist Nour party also joined the announcement.

Sisi said the head of Egypt's supreme constitutional court, Adly Mansour, 68, would take over the presidential palace, the constitution would be suspended and new presidential elections would be held. Mansour was to be sworn in Thursday.

Morsi reacted defiantly to the Sisi announcement, which he called a "full coup." He communicated via Facebook, a Youtube video that was unpublished and a prerecorded audio track broadcast to rallies supporting him. He had not been seen in public Wednesday. Morsi insisted he is Egypt's only legitimate president but warned against bloodshed.

The Egyptian street reacted jubilantly.

Scattered clashes were reported after Sisi's address, with at least four killed. That number could not be confirmed and there were dire concerns that violence would spread as the import of the army announcement sinks in. Reports from the scenes of Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party rallies conveyed a dour mood in Cairo, while active clashes were reported in both coastal cities and upper Egypt.