Morsi adviser: This is a military coup

A senior adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that the country is facing a military coup and the risk of "considerable bloodshed."

  • Published: 4/07/2013 at 12:08 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

"For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let's call what is happening by its real name: Military coup," Essam al-Haddad, a presidential assistant for foreign relations and international cooperation wrote on his official Facebook page.

"In this day and age, no military coup can succeed in the face of sizeable popular force without considerable bloodshed. Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame?" al-Haddad added in English.

The presidential adviser said: "As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page."

Meanwhile, sources at Cairo airport said Morsi has been placed on a travel ban list.

The ban is related to Morsi's escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled his predecessor, Hosny Mubarak, added the sources. The ban was not officially confirmed.

The travel ban also includes the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and his influential deputy Khayrat al-Shater.

State-run newspaper quoted what it called a top-level source as saying that a number of leading supporters of Morsi had been barred from leaving the country until after an expected statement by the army.

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