Egyptian premier expresses regret over military action against protesters

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq claimed accountability for military attacks on protesters in Cairo and asked for forgiveness.

He stated that President Hosni Mubarak has ordered him to probe into the recent chaos in the country. Mr Shafiq assured to punish those who allowed this violence to occur.

He further stated that the attack was a blunder and he would be cautious not to let it happen again in Egypt.

There were violent clashes between President Hosni Mubarak’s supporters and opponents during which the Egyptian military remained restricted to Tahir Square in Cairo by Thursday.

The premiers along with the Vice President Omar Suleiman have invited the opposition for a meeting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. However many of opposition groups have denied attending the meeting reportedly.

Wafd Party, Al-Ghad party and Muslim Brotherhood leaders stated that they would boycott the meeting and refused to sit with the premier. Clashes continue even on Thursday on both sides of the square, where demonstrators have gathered.

More than 836 people were injured in the clashes so far and five casualties were reported by a state-run television channel.

The demonstrators initially demanding peacefully for ouster of President Hosni Mubarak had suddenly taken into streets and broke the makeshift barricades in the square. Gradually supporters of Mubarak also joined in action that leads to complete chaos in the entire capital city.