Reports were heard of plots being made to storm Itehadia Presidential Palace, in order to delay any attempts to end the transitional period and complete genuine democratic transformation. So, a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) statement was clear: to turn out for peaceful demonstration in support of the legitimacy of elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Amr Maghawri, Civil Engineer and a young Brotherhood member injured in the Itehadia clashes said:
"We came out to protect State institutions. I arrived outside Itehadia Presidential Palace at five o’clock in the afternoon (Tuesday, December 4). I found anti-Morsi demonstrators standing next to the palace fence shouting terrible abuses against the President. But those walked away about six o’clock.
“Half an hour later, armed men marched on the scene, and started throwing stones at us. We tried to create human chains to keep women and children out of harm’s way. Shortly, opposition thugs attacked us with various firearms, including birdshot and Molotov cocktails. Violence escalated against us dramatically, very fast, especially when we got to nearby Roxy Square. This was a trap, an ambush waiting for us. It was then that I heard and saw a Brotherhood youth die, hit by birdshots."
Maghawri went on, "What aroused my attention – and suspicion – the most was tear gas bombs which thugs threw at us. At that moment, I realized those were no revolutionaries, but part of an organized conspiracy to undermine the legitimacy of President Morsi. Then, at ten o’clock, I got hit by a stone in my fact. It cut my eyebrow and damaged the retina of my left eye. I was taken to hospital, where I underwent an eye operation".
In these violent crashes, the Brotherhood lost nine of its young members who came out unarmed to show support for the elected President Mohamed Morsi.
From Suez, Yasser Ibrahim, 39-year-old engineer and MB member, married with 5 children, died after getting hit by a bullet in the face from close range in the Itehadia Palace clashes.
From Sharqiya, 24-year-old Mahmoud Awad was also shot by thugs in front of Itehadia Palace Thursday, he was married with 1 two-year-old son. He had told his friends back home that he was going to Itehadia to support and defend the legitimacy of the elected President and the future of his children and their right to stability in the homeland.
In Dakahlia, tens of thousands of people mourned the martyr Hani Sanad, who was 32 years old when he died of a gunshot wound in his side and another in the chest, again in Itehadia Palace clashes. His funeral was attended by leaders of the MB in Dakahlia and Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) leaders.
From Cairo, Mohamed Al-Husseini, a young MB member, died as he tried to peacefully express his support for the legitimate President of Egypt outside Itehadia Palace. He is the son of MB leader Mamdouh Al-Husseini. Husseini was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first son in a couple of months. But now his son will come into this world an orphan because of the heinous treachery of corrupt regime hangovers.
Also, Mohamed Issa, a young unarmed MB member, was shot dead in front of the Presidential Palace by the treacherous hands of hired thugs of old regime loyalists. His mother holds Hamdeen Sabbahi, Mohamed ElBaradei and Mamdouh Hamza responsible for aiding and abetting those who killed Issa. Meanwhile, Issa’s wife urged President Morsi to insist on his Decrees in the interest of the homeland and the people.
Mohamed Asem also died in the first hours of the brutal attacks on unarmed supporters of President Mohamed Morsi outside Itehadia.
In Menoufia, Mohammed Salam, injured in Itehadia clashes, died of his wounds two days later.
Abdullah Nassar, from Dakahlia governorate, remains in critical condition – in an intensive care unit.
In addition to the nine martyrs the MB lost in Itehadia clashes, treachery against the Brotherhood, Islam Masood, a 15-year-old secondary school student, was recently killed during attempts by determined thugs to storm and burn the headquarters of the Brotherhood in Damanhur amid feeble, hesitant and suspicious security response and action.
According to an MB statement, the finest young people in Egypt were killed, assassinated by the heinous hand of treachery, hooliganism and terrorism, in a vicious plot to overthrow the legitimate President elected by popular will, and to finish off the revolution and its objectives, evident in the attempt to storm Itehadia Presidential Palace on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In fact, an armed group of so-called opposition thugs or mercenaries was arrested red-handed as its members tried to break into the Palace. They are being questioned by the prosecution service. This Palace is a symbol of the State and its prestige. It is the seat of power in Egypt, the headquarters of the democratically elected President.