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Egypt summons Qatar envoy in row over crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Qatar99.jpgEgypt's Foreign Ministry said it summoned Qatar's ambassador on Saturday in protest at Doha's criticism of the military-installed government's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
Earlier in the day, Qatar said the decision by Egypt to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group was "a prelude to a shoot-to-kill policy" against demonstrators, according to AFP. 
 
Qatar was a main regional backer of the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president toppled by the military in July.
 
A Qatari Foreign Ministry statement said: "The decision to designate popular political movements as terrorist organizations, and labeling peaceful demonstrations as terrorism, did not succeed in stopping the peaceful protests."
 
"It was only a prelude to a shoot-to-kill policy on demonstrators," the statement published by state news agency QNA said.
 
It said that "inclusive dialogue" between all sides was the only solution to Egypt's crisis.

Death toll in clashes rises to 17
 
Meanwhile, an Egyptian security official says the death toll from clashes between Islamist protesters and security forces on Friday has risen to 17.
 
According to AP, the official reported the new toll on Saturday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
 
Friday's protests gripped Cairo and other heavily populated cities and provinces such as Alexandria, Ismailia, Fayoum and Minya.
 
They were the most violent in months, coming less than two weeks ahead of a key referendum on an amended constitution.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest Islamist group, and its supporters have called for a boycott of the vote. They have staged near-daily protests since the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in a coup in July.

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