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Egypt's military offers 'regret' for attacks on women

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:11 PM EST, Tue December 20, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The generals express their "great regret" over attacks on women
  • The weekend beating of a woman by MPs fueled protests

Cairo (CNN) -- Egypt's ruling military council Tuesday expressed "great regret" to Egyptian women over recent attacks on female demonstrators by military police and vowed to hold accountable those responsible.

Days of clashes around Cairo's Tahrir Square were stoked by the weekend beating of a woman by military police officers, prompting a "Million Women" march on Tuesday. In a statement issued on its Facebook page, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces called for calm and said it is willing to discuss any proposal "that might help in achieving stability and safety for Egypt."

"The Supreme Council express its great regret to the great women of Egypt for the violations that took place during the recent events, in the demonstrations that took place at the parliament and the ministers' council, and reassure its respect and appreciation for Egyptian women and their right in protesting and their active positive participation in the political life," it said. The statement added, "All legal measures have been taken to hold accountable all those responsible for these violations."

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