Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses Iran Majlis ahead of a vote of confidence for his proposed Cabinet members on August 15, 2013.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sympathized with Egyptians over the military's brutality against protesters, urging the army to stop its heavy-handed crackdown on the Egyptian people.
“I have to offer my condolences to the great Egyptian nation over brutalities they have suffered, and sympathize with them,” Rouhani said on Thursday, during an address to the Iranian Majlis ahead of a vote of confidence to his proposed Cabinet members.
Rouhani further noted that the Egyptian nation is treading the path of democracy and Islam and “the entire world should respect the path of the Egyptian people.”
“I also need to remind the Egyptian army that the great Egyptian nation is a freedom-seeking nation; do not repress them,” he urged.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when the Egyptian army removed democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
On Wednesday, the Egyptian security forces moved in to clear out two camps set up by Morsi supporters - one near the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in Nasr City and a smaller one in al-Nahda Square in Giza.
Egypt’s Health Ministry says at least 525 people were killed and 3,600 injured in the violence. The Egyptian Interior Ministry also said 43 policemen were among the dead.
However, the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll far higher, saying more than 2,000 people had died in the police crackdown.