November 24th, 2011
01:17 AM ET

Egypt apologizes for deaths of protesters

Egypt's military leaders apologized Thursday for the deaths of protesters during the recent clashes, vowed to prosecute offenders and pay the medical bills of those injured.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces posted the apology on its Facebook page.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces presents its regrets and deep apologies for the deaths of martyrs among Egypt's loyal sons during the recent events in Tahrir Square," the message said. "The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces confirms that it is making every sincere effort to prevent such events from happening again."

The message comes as a relative calm fell over Tahrir Square after days of deadly clashes. Soldiers erected barbed wire barricades to separate protesters and police early Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ahram Online website - part of the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper group - reported that the country's major political parties are considering asking the Supreme Council to postpone the first round of parliamentary elections for two weeks. Those elections are scheduled for Monday.

The website attributed the information to unnamed sources close to the discussions. On Tuesday, the liberal Wafd Party floated a similar suggestion in a public statement, the website said.

Late Wednesday, prominent American-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy tweed that she had been detained.

"Beaten arrested in interior ministry," the post read.

The U.S. State Department called the arrest "very concerning" and said embassy officials were trying to get information from Egyptian authorities.

Also arrested were three American college students accused of tossing Molotov cocktails during the protests.

 

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    November 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tad chamberlin

    Isn't it time for our leaders in the USA to apologize to its citizens. Or are there too many people at the federal, state, and local levels who put the needs of their own re-elections and obvious out of touch views far above the needs of the ( huddled masses.) Shame on Washington and all the people we were unfortunate enough to vote for. Both sides of the aisle need to take their tainted points of view and put them where the sun doesn't shine and do their jobs that we hired them to do. We need a change and as Americans we need to replace each and every one of these ego's on election day with stewards of the people, for the people. This isn't a who has what in America issue. Its maintaining the strength of our great nation so we can simply live the American dream. Live free. If we want to "occupy" something, occupy the voting booth. But really, how about a sincere apology and a promise not to return to politics after your failed terms are up. But the sad thing is...I haven't heard nor seen a candidate worth voting for.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @tad chamberlin
    So are you also apologizing for egypt killing those protestors ?

    November 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Brava your 1:01 translation!
    @ bobcat 3:13:
    You said it all.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |