OCCUPIED JERUSALEM/CAIRO: Protesters across the Muslim world rallied Friday against a deadly crackdown in Egypt that cost the lives of hundreds of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammad Morsi.
In neighboring Sudan, hundreds of people chanted against Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who orchestrated the July 3 ouster of Egypt’s first elected president after millions protested to demand an end to his turbulent year in power.
An AFP reporter said about 500 people from various Islamic organizations rallied near Sudan’s presidential palace, carrying pictures of Morsi and Egyptian flags.
“Al-Sisi: Israeli and USA agent,” they shouted.
Nearly 600 died Wednesday when security forces moved to disperse two Cairo protest camps of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters, drawing global condemnation.
Riot police monitored the demonstration but did not intervene, which they routinely do against other protests.
Bigger protests took place in Turkey where 2,000 demonstrators waving Islamic flags and chanting anti-U.S. slogans took to the streets in Turkey’s two biggest cities.
In the capital Ankara, around 1,000 protesters marched from the largest mosque after Friday prayers to the U.S. Embassy, where the crowd, angered by Washington’s failure to call Morsi’s ouster a coup, chanted “Murderer America, get out of Turkey.”
Like in Sudan, riot police stood watch nearby but there was no intervention by the security forces.
In Istanbul, hundreds of protesters gathered in the conservative district of Eyup, shouting pro-Morsi and Islamic slogans and waving Egyptian, Palestinian and Syrian opposition flags.
Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after the military toppled Morsi last month. On Thursday it recalled its ambassador, prompting Cairo to reciprocate.
Elsewhere in Jerusalem, some 600 people affiliated with the Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip held the demonstration after Friday prayers, an AFP correspondent said.
The demonstrators held posters of Sisi and Hitler, with captions stating the Nazi leader had “killed Jews for his people,” while the Egyptian army chief “killed his people for the Jews.”
In Pakistan, demonstrators also condemned the use of force against the Muslim Brotherhood, witnesses said.
The rallies were mostly organized by Islamic political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami, which has ideological links to the Brotherhood.
In Pakistan’s conservative northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a total of more than 1,000 JI activists held rallies in four cities, including the main city Peshawar.
Similar pro-Morsi rallies took place in Tunisia, Yemen and Indonesia after Friday prayers.
The worldwide protests came as Egypt’s tourism industry was facing meltdown as foreign governments ordered visitors to stay in their hotels and tour operators began canceling trips to the country.
German travel groups TUI and Thomas Cook announced Friday that they were canceling all holidays to Egypt until Sept. 15 in light of the uncertain security situation.
Russia, which has more than 50,000 of its nationals currently on holiday in Egypt and a similar number booked to go there in the coming months, advised travel agents to stop selling packages to the North African state.
Britain, which had previously excluded the popular Red Sea resorts from its travel advisory, Friday told its nationals visiting the resort of Hurghada to stay in their hotels, in line with advice received from the Egyptian police.
The warning followed a death in Hurghada Wednesday.
British travel association ABTA estimates that there are currently around 40,000 Britons in Red Sea resorts such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, which is an eight-hour drive from Cairo.
Tour operator Thomas Cook said it had canceled excursions from the Red Sea resorts to Cairo, Luxor, Moses’ mountain and Saint Catherine’s monastery.
Italy, which has an estimated 19,000 citizens in Egypt, advised them not to venture out on excursions.
The federation of Italian tour operators Fiavet said earlier this week that there had been an 80-percent drop in the number of Italians visiting Egypt this year.
The warnings issued by Britain and Italy were mirrored in France, Germany and Spain.