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Egypt’s Morsi warns Assad: ‘Your time won’t be long’

BEIRUT — President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt warned the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, on Sunday that ‘‘your time won’t be long,” as Syrian warplanes and artillery shelled the battleground city of Aleppo and opposition groups reported heavy fighting around the Euphrates River city of Deir el-Zour.

Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, went after Assad just days after the top Syrian government spokesman said that the only change in Cairo since the ouster last year of Hosni Mubarak was Morsi’s beard. Morsi has called for nations to come together to support the Syrian opposition and end the bloodshed. His warning added to the acrimony in the region as the Syrian civil war continues to spill blood and pour out refugees.

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