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Egypt on edge after week of deadly violence

7:43 AM, Aug 18, 2013   |    comments
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CAIRO - Egyptian banks and the stock exchange reopened Sunday as the capital tried to get back to normal after a week of violence that killed more than 800.

Traffic was back on the streets and some shops reopened Sunday - the start of the work week in Egypt - but with an alliance of political groups calling for more protests, many Egyptians remained on edge. Tahrir Square remained closed, blocked by barbed wire and security forces.

A Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition of groups furious over the ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi on July 3 called for new protests Sunday in Cairo and Giza, Al Jazeera reported. Rallies are expected to begin by late afternoon and will converge in Heliopolis' Roxy Square and at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Maadi.

The marches will test if violence will persist as protesters defy a ballooning crackdown and widening state campaign against Islamists.

The European Union said Sunday it will "urgently review" its relations with Egypt. The Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, said Sunday in a rare joint foreign policy statement that it's the responsibility of the army and the interim government to end the violence.

They say calls for democracy and fundamental rights "cannot be disregarded, much less washed away in blood," adding "the violence and the killings of these last days cannot be justified nor condoned."

EU foreign ministers are expected to hold an emergency meeting on Egypt this week.


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