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Egypt - Deadly Crackdown on Pro-Morsi Camps

Egypt's interim PM Hazem Beblawi has defended the deadly operation to break up protest camps in Cairo, saying the authorities had to "restore security".

Mr Beblawi said it was not an easy decision to disperse the supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi. The government, which has declared a nationwide state of emergency, said 149 people were killed in the operation. The Muslim Brotherhood, which backed the protests, says more than 2,000 people died in the violence.

Police have taken control of the camps in the capital and are reported to have arrested key Brotherhood leaders.

Egyptian authorities have declared a month-long state of emergency and Vice-President Mohammed ElBaradei has announced his resignation from the interim government in the wake of the violence.

"I cannot continue in shouldering the responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and I fear their consequences. I cannot shoulder the responsibility for a single drop of blood," he said in a statement.

There are also reports of violence in other parts of Cairo and other areas of Egypt 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the result of the camp clearances as a massacre, accused other countries of paving the way for the violence by staying silent, and called for the UN and the Arab League to act immediately.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the use of force.


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