Several Egyptian media outlets were quick to blame Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s policies in their coverage of two deadly bombings targeting a peace rally in Ankara on Saturday.
Over 95 people were killed in twin blasts in the Turkish capital, with many dubbing it the deadliest attack in the nation’s modern history.
The rhetoric running through Egyptian newspapers on Sunday implied that Erdogan had reaped what he had sowed, with reports detailing how his policies paved the way for the crisis.
Splashed across the Sunday print edition of the privately owned Al-Bawaba newspaper was, “This is what Erdogan’s hands have reaped,” coupled with a graphic image from Saturday’s blast. Al-Maqal also opted for a not-so-subtle headline, reading, “In Turkey, one who cooks poison, tastes it,” employing an Egyptian proverb.
Al-Bawaba claimed the situation in Turkey is a ticking time bomb because of Erdogan’s policies and the expected results of the upcoming elections. The paper concluded that the crisis may prompt a scenario that Erdgoan “has been dreading since June 30,” referring to military intervention.
Al-Masry Al-Youm columnist Mohamed Amin also pointed the finger at Erdogan, saying the people fell victim to his wrongdoing. He asserted that the attack was a clear message to those who “raise snakes.”
Amin added, “We did not want this to happen in Turkey; a true Muslim doesn’t gloat, a true human doesn’t gloat, nobody gloats over death, except the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Amin explained that the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence in Turkey is a “curse” that may speed up the end of Erdogan’s rule.
He added that Turkey’s support for the Islamic State didn’t spare the country from it, urging Erdogan to revisit his policies or leave office.
Amin maintained Egypt does not “play politics” in such a way, or gloat, but has to condemn terrorism so “Erdogan learns his lesson.”
Meanwhile, in his column in Youm7, Adel al-Sanhoury also claimed Erdogan’s “miscalculations” led to this disaster.
“Our political differences with Turkey and Erdogan’s policies and his hostile stances against Egypt and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood and his providing a safe haven for them will not prompt us to gloat over repeated terrorist attacks and the death of innocent children, women and men, whose only fault is that their ruler follows repressive policies that bring disasters, unrest and terrorist attacks onto them,” he wrote.
He continued to distinguish between Turkey and its ruler Erdogan, who he alleged only cares about opposing Egypt and supporting a terrorist group.
He urged the “friendly Turkish people” to realize that Erdogan is behind all their difficulties and catastrophes.
Relations between Egypt and Turkey have been strained since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013, of whom Erdogan had been a major supporter.
Following Morsi’s ouster, Turkey condemned his removal from office. In September 2014, Erdogan gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, condemning Sisi’s rise to power and calling Morsi the “legitimate” president of Egypt.