Members of the Black Bloc, who oppose Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, run with Molotov cocktails during clashes with riot police, along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo January 28, 2013. Monday was the fifth day of violence in Egypt that has killed 50 people and prompted the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency in an attempt to end a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world’s biggest nation. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
The Islamist party of the Jihad Organization and Jama’a al-Islamiya has said the ways of dealing with banditry specified in the Quran must be applied to Black Bloc members, which means they must be killed.
“God orders us to kill, crucify or cut off the hands and feet of those who spread mischief on earth,”
said Jama’a al-Islamiya Mufti Abdel Akhar Hammad, citing a verse from the Quran. “The president must give that order.”
Mohamed Samra of the Jihad Organization said that the Black Bloc group is financed from abroad and must be killed, and that the National Salvation Front members must be arrested and charged with incitement to riot.
Last week, Cairo witnessed the first appearance groups describing themselves as the Black Bloc. Decked in black and wearing masks, they clashed with police forces at Qasr al-Aini Street on Thursday. They said they would fight with the police if it targeted protesters. Previously unknown, the Black Bloc’s goals remain unclear and its members generally avoid media contact.
President Obama is requesting $1.55 billion in aid to Egypt, about 80 percent of it in the form of military assistance.