Egypt PM vows to disperse Islamist protest camps: TV

Members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi shout political and religious slogans as they take part in a sit-in outside Cairo, Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem
Members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi shout political and religious slogans as they take part in a sit-in outside Cairo, Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi vowed on Wednesday that Islamist protest camps in Cairo will be dispersed, after the presidency announced the failure of foreign mediation with ousted president Mohamed Mursi's supporters. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi vowed on Wednesday that Islamist protest camps in Cairo will be dispersed, after the presidency announced the failure of foreign mediation with ousted president Mohamed Mursi's supporters.

"There will be no going back on dispersing the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins," state television quoted him as saying of two Cairo protest camps set up after the army ousted Mr Mursi on July 3.

"We did not disperse the sit-ins till now out of respect for the sanctity of the month of Ramadan," he added, referring to the holy Muslim fasting month that ends on Wednesday night in Egypt.