Egypt: Diplomacy with Brotherhood has failed

AYA BATRAWY
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's presidency says foreign diplomatic efforts to find a way out of the standoff with the Muslim Brotherhood have failed.

The Wednesday statement follows efforts by envoys from the United States, the EU and the Gulf to defuse the crisis between the government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Islamist group.

The statement says the phase of diplomatic efforts that began 10 days ago has ended and that it holds the Brotherhood responsible for this failure.

Egyptian authorities have outlined plans to break up two protest encampments by Morsi supporters in Cairo.

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A security official says clashes between supporters of the country's ousted president and residents of Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria have left one dead and dozens wounded.

The security official says residents of Manshiya neighborhood were angered by marchers who were chanting against the country's armed forces. It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.

He said 46 people were wounded, including some by gunshot and birdshot, in the fighting that broke out before dawn Wednesday. He spoke anonymously as he was not authorized to talk to media.

Already more than 250 people have been killed in violence since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi from power July 3. His supporters have staged daily protests since.