Al-Azhar head warns of civil war
09 July 2013, 14:21
Cairo - Egypt's top Muslim cleric is warning of civil war
and says he will go into seclusion at his home until the bloodshed ends as a
show of protest.
Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb also called for the transitional
period that began following last week's ouster of the president to be limited to
In a statement he says he will go into seclusion until
"everyone shoulders his responsibility to stop the bloodshed, instead of
dragging the country into civil war”.
El-Tayeb is the grand imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque, the
world's primary seat of learning for Sunni Muslims, the vast majority of the
El-Tayeb's Monday statement came hours after clashes
between security forces and supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi
left at least 42 killed.