The Society of Qom Seminary Scholars has issued a statement expressing regret over the current situation in Egypt and noting that domestic conflicts in the North African country only benefit the Zionist regime of Israel.
In a statement released on Thursday, the scholars noted that internal conflicts can push â€œthis important countryâ€ toward an â€œambiguous and complicated fate and affect the entire region.â€
The religious body advised conflicting parties â€œto stop fratricide,â€ adhere to the principle of dialogue, and avoid violence as the sole solution to the ongoing crisis in Egypt.
â€œThe Egyptian-Egyptian conflicts have no other result but to make the sworn enemies of the Islamic Ummah happy, especially the Zionist regime [of Israel] which has been wounded by the wave of the Islamic Awakening,” they added.
Egypt plunged into violence after the countryâ€™s powerful military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament on July 3. The military overthrow followed days of mass protests against Morsi.
The army also declared chief justice of Egyptâ€™s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president.
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood condemned the move as a military coup and called mass protests demanding the reinstatement of the deposed president.
On Wednesday, the Egyptian Prosecutor General ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting violence.
Many people have been killed in violent clashes involving supporters and opponents of Morsi and security forces over the past few days, with more than 80 deaths reported on July 8 alone.