Egypt

Egypt's Military Leader Cautions Opponents

He won't tolerate more violent protests

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Egypt's military leader vowed Sunday that the army will not tolerate further political violence after nationwide clashes that left hundreds dead, as security forces detained Muslim Brotherhood members in raids aimed at disrupting planned rallies.

Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led the July 3 coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi, again said the army has no intention of seizing power in the Arab world's most populous country. El-Sissi removed Morsi after four days of mass rallies by millions of Egyptians who demanded the president step down.

"We will not stand by silently watching the destruction of the country and the people or the torching the nation and terrorizing the citizens," he said in a speech aired on state television.