Conflict & Justice

Egypt Crisis: Interim Leader Adly Mansour Urges Restraint

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Army soldiers stand guard near the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. (Photo: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

Egypt's interim leader has expressed sorrow over the deaths of at least 51 people near a barracks in Cairo, urging restraint amid ongoing unrest.

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Adly Mansour also said he had ordered an investigation into the deaths.

The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were fired on as they staged a sit-in for ousted President Mohammad Morsi, while the army said "terrorists" tried to storm the barracks.

The Brotherhood's political wing meanwhile called for an "uprising."

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — which took nearly half the seats in historic parliamentary elections held in late 2011 and early 2012 — urged Egyptians to revolt against "those trying to steal their revolution with tanks".

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick in Cairo