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Army issues statement on social media site, Reuters confirms

Last modified: 3 Jul 2013 04:36

Egypt's high command said the army was ready to die to defend Egypt's people against "terrorists" and "fools", in a response to President Mohamed Morsi that was headlined "The Final Hours".

The post on the official Facebook page of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), headed by armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said:

We swear to God that we will sacrifice even our blood for Egypt and its people, to defend them against any terrorist, radical or fool."

Issued three hours after Morsi appeared on television to reject an ultimatum from Sisi that he share power with his opponents or face a military solution by 5pm local time [15:00GMT], a military source said the statement made clear that the armed forces would not abandon their demands.