ANKARA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkey is deeply concerned about the latest development in Egypt, a major power in the region, as the clashes between pro- and anti- Morsi protesters left at least 278 people dead and thousands of others injured, analyst say.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday warned that Egypt's fate could be the same as Syria, saying the Syrian crisis just began when security forces fired on civilian protesters.
"I fear Egypt will be dragged into chaos, which is a dead end," he told reporters. WORSE MAY FOLLOW
"Gul's warning should be interpreted as increasing worries of Anakara as worse may follow after the latest development in Egypt, " Hasan Kanbolat, the director of Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies, told Xinhua.
"The fear is that more blood may be shed in Egypt, making it difficult for reconciliation between supporters of (ousted president Mohamed) Morsi and anti-Morsi camp," he added.
Since the beginning, Turkey has been critical of deposing Morsi, calling his ouster as "military coup." But Ankara softened its initial harsh rhetoric toward interim Egyptian government later on and downplayed the divisions between the two countries.
Gul even sent a congratulatory message to his counterpart late last month on the anniversary of the Egypt's national day in an apparent sign to ease the tension between the two countries.
Commenting on Wednesday events, Markar Esayan, a columnist with Turkish daily Today's Zaman and a local observer, said that the military rulers in Egypt wanted to provoke "a violent response" by the Muslim Brotherhood who supports Morsi's reinstatement.
This concern was also echoed by the opposition parties in Turkey with Faruk Logoglu, deputy chairman of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, condemning the crackdown.
"We are very sad and concerned about these developments (in Egypt)," he noted.
Turkey is a strategic partner of Egypt and the two countries have signed numerous agreements since 2011 to bolster ties in every field. They also shared the same opinions on a series of regional issues.
Ankara fears the political instability may lead to a civil war in Egypt and paralyze the country for years, leaving Turkey alone to face a number of challenges in region.
"Developments in Egypt concern us," the Turkish president stressed.