Tuesday 21 September 2021
Books – Muhammad Abul-Majd:
Major General Mansour Al-Issawi, the former Minister of the Interior, mourned the departure of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, saying: “I was very saddened to learn the news, as Field Marshal Tantawi played a role that will not be repeated again in Egyptian history.” He continued: “I lived with him the worst period in the history of Egypt over the years. Long, from the beginning of the Islamic era until now.
Al-Issawy added, in a telephone interview to the “Happening in Egypt” program on MBC Egypt, today, Tuesday, that Field Marshal Tantawi was the support and was the wall of defense for the security and moral chaos in 2011, for a faction of unruly youth that was stirring the country, He explained that Field Marshal Tantawi categorically refused to open fire to disperse the demonstrators on January 25 and the events that followed.
And he continued: “At times, I suggested to Field Marshal Tantawi that some shots be fired in the air to disperse the demonstrators, but every little bit he would tell me, Mansour, don’t you hit a bullet on the demonstrators. .
And the former Minister of the Interior added: “Marshal Tantawi protected the country, the entire Egyptian people, and the entire Arab world from a strife that almost took Egypt and the Arab world beyond what we can imagine, and we pray to God to accept him in his paradise, this man will remember him for very long periods and I do not think that anyone It is possible that it will parallel its history in the coming period.”
He explained: “We faced an attempt to storm the Israeli embassy, next to it, the Saudi embassy and the Giza Security Directorate in one day, and the chief of staff was with me on the phone at the same time, and every little bit he said, ‘Oh, let’s hit a fire,’ and he was saying sorry to the demonstrators’ teams by any means except live fire because it is not allowed. It’s for you, not for the armed forces.”