Egyptian Army leader warns of 'collapse' if sides can't reconcile

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The leader of Egypt's army, as violence escalates across the country, Tuesday warned of the collapse of the state if political forces failed to reconcile. 'The continuation of the conflict between different political forces and their disagreement on running the affairs of the country may lead to the collapse of the state and threatens the future of the coming generations,' said Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who also serves as Defense minister. Sisi, quoted on the army's Facebook page, also said an attempt to influence the stability of the state institutions 'is a dangerous matter that harms Egyptian national security,' The New York Times reported. The worst of the turmoil was in Port Said, which has seen 45 deaths in three days, where Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi imposed a month-long state of emergency, calling on the army to regain control of security.

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