Turkey urges world to act over Egypt 'massacre'

Riot police vehicles fire tear gas at members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. Turkey branded the deadly crackdown in Egypt on protesters loyal to ousted president Mohame
Riot police vehicles fire tear gas at members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013. Turkey branded the deadly crackdown in Egypt on protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday as "unacceptable" and called on the international community to act immediately to halt the "massacre". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey branded the deadly crackdown in Egypt on protesters loyal to ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday as "unacceptable" and called on the international community to act immediately to halt the "massacre".

"An armed intervention against civilian people who stage protests is unacceptable, regardless of its justification," President Abdullah Gul said in televised remarks, voicing fears Egypt's crisis could deteriorate into a situation similar to the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

"I'm afraid Egypt is heading into inextricable chaos, " he warned.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office also called on the international community to act immediately to halt the crackdown, saying its silence over the Egypt crisis was to blame.

"The international community, particularly the UN Security Council and Arab League, must act immediately to stop this massacre," it said.

Security forces moved in on Wednesday on two huge Cairo protest camps set up by Mursi supporters, launching an operation that quickly turned into a bloodbath with dozens of people dead.

"It's clearly seen that the international community's support for the military coup and its silence to previous massacres ... has encouraged the current administration for today's intervention," Mr Erdogan's office said.

Mr Mursi, Egypt's first elected president, was overthrown by the military on July 3 with popular backing.

Mr Erdogan's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had developed friendly ties with Mr Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood, has described the toppling of Mr Mursi as a "coup" and said he was the only legitimate president.

Turkey's stance has infuriated Egypt's interim government which last month voiced "strong resentment" at Mr Erdogan's comments backing the ousted Islamist leader.