According to the military spokesman Ahmed Ali, a group of armed men attacked the army while others climbed on top of buildings and threw molotov cocktails. “The situation was no longer peaceful.” Ali said.
Ali stated that one soldier is currently undergoing surgery for a gunshot to the head, adding that both birdshot and live rounds were used against the army.
He claimed that protesters were incited to perform acts of violence against the armed forces, and that they were warned several times against attacking or vandalizing any military installations. Ali added that the army has been present on the streets for 10 days, and that the only thing that could have changed the situation was the actions of the protesters.
In response to pictures of dead children that have been going viral, Ali stated that they were pictures of children killed in Syria over a month ago.
“The army kills enemies, not children. This is all a campaign against the army, a form of psychological warfare,” he said, adding that this “informational warfare” was intended to create sectarian strife.
An injured Egyptian soldier, Mohamad Ibraheem seemed to back up Ahmed Ali's statement
He said he and other soldiers were there to ensure the safety of the people, but came under attack with gunfire, firebombs and bricks. He said many of his colleagues were hit..Police General Hany Abdellatif stated that what began as rock throwing against the army, turned into gunshots at the army, leading to the death of an army officer and conscript.
Abdellatif said: “[The army] Dealt with and controlled [the situation].”Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour was reported to have appointed a judicial committee to investigate Monday's shootings. A presidential statement expressed “deep regret” for the violence, but went on to say the shootings took place during an attempt to storm Republican Guard headquarters.
There is no proof the military version is true, neither is there proof the Muslim Brotherhood is telling the truth. The answer probably exists somewhere in the middle, but the mainstream media should be telling both sides.
Sources: Egypt Daily News -Global Security