A senior Egyptian politician disclosed on Monday that the interim military rulers of the country are using Israeli-made hi-tech weapons and riot gear, including tear gas canisters, against Egyptian protestors.
The weapons and bullets have undoubtedly been imported from Israel which is considered as the enemy of the Egyptian nation, Deputy Head of the Egyptian Al-Wasat Party Osam Sultan told FNA today.
He made the remarks referring to the recent bloody crackdown on Egyptian protesters in al-Tahrir Square in Cairo.
Sultan further cautioned the interim military government of Egypt to fulfill its responsibility and hold elections, and then leave power to the people at the earliest.
Egypt's interim military rulers battled a reinvigorated protest movement calling for its ouster, as thousands of demonstrators forced troops to retreat from Tahrir Square for a second night in a row.
The military-led government's attempts to turn back or squash the protests appeared to only redouble their strength. After using tear gas, rubber bullets and bird shot to beat back a day of continuous attacks on the headquarters of the interior ministry, hundreds of soldiers and security police in riot gear stormed the square from several directions at once at about 5 p.m., raining down rocks and tear gas as they drove thousands of demonstrators out before them.
But after less than half an hour they had retreated, having succeeded only in burning down a few tents in the middle of the square. After another half an hour the crowd of protesters had more than doubled, packing the square as ever more demonstrators marched in from all directions chanting for the end of the military rule.
The protests against military rule spread to at least seven other cities, including Alexandria and Suez. The health ministry said at least seven people were reported killed Sunday, after one died Saturday, and the number of seriously injured grew to more than 900.
Despite the chaos, the military-led government said Sunday that it intends to go forward with parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in stages next Monday, though they will not be complete until March and the military has said it intends to hold power until long after they are finished. Cancelling or postponing the elections would likely ignite an even larger revolt, with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that is Egypt's largest and most disciplined political force, taking to the streets.