Föga förvånande börjar nu islamister, som antas vara Al Qaedas folk, ta kontrollen över Sinaihalvön. Fältet verkar ha öppnats efter Mubaraks fall:
In a Taliban-style raid, at least 150 masked, uniformed al Qaeda gunmen rode into the Sinai capital of El Arish on pickups and motorcycles Friday, July 29, shooting up the desert town with heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and automatic rifles. Before they rode out six hours later, at least seven people were killed, and upward of 30 injured. […] El Arish townsmen are convinced that the black-uniformed jihadis, having demonstrated that they can’t be stopped, will be back and next time, stay to proclaim Sinai a Muslim caliphate.
Samtidigt kan man titta på händelseutvecklingen i Kairo (från Almasryalyoum.com):
14:20: Protesters from the Salafi movement chant, ”Obama, Obama, we are all Osama.” They also chant, ”Shut up, shut up, you seculars. Egypt will continue to be an Islamic state.”
14:15: A group close to a small Salafi podium tries to chant, ”We want to be a civil country,” but is silenced by the surrounding mob. At the same time, a group of secular protesters inside the roundabout chants anti-military slogans.
14:00: Speakers at the Muslim Brotherhood podium, the largest in the square, call for the release of detainees and Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, who is currently serving a life sentence in an American prison on terrorism charges. They also reference ”the uncontested Islamic identity of the Egyptian people, which is spelled out in Article 2 of the outgoing constitution.”
och Anna Ekström kommenterar:
… according to Al-Masry Al-Youm hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir square before Friday prayers. Islamists had called for protests against the military’s plan to implement a set of principles that would set a framework for the new constitution. The constitution will be drafted by the parliament. Elections will probably be held in October. The islamists – conservative salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood – expect good election results. They do not want anything along the lines of a bill of rights to stand in the way of an Islamist constitution. The liberal groups – the ”Tahrir youth” – had to leave the square.
Kort sagt kan man säga att utvecklingen i Egypten inte ser speciellt bra ut.