A month-long state emergency for Egypt

Egyptian security forces clear protest camps loyal to ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Cairo, Egypt - 14 Aug 2013

Egypt has declared a month-long state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed two protest camps in Cairo. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood had staged the sit-ins. Police have arrested key Brotherhood members and taken control of the camps. The government says 149 people were killed in the operation. The Muslim Brotherhood says more than 2,000 people died in Wednesday’s violence.

The state of emergency is scheduled to last for a month, and imposes a curfew in Cairo and several other provinces between 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT) and 06:00. The measure was taken because the “security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups,” the presidency said in a statement. 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.

Supporters of Morsi have been staging street protests since he was ousted on 3 July. The protesters – many of whom are members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement – want him to be reinstated. Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president, narrowly winning the presidential vote in June 2012 after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. He is currently in custody at an undisclosed location, and has been accused of the “premeditated murder of some prisoners, officers and soldiers” during a prison breakout in 2011.

There are also reports of unrest elsewhere in Egypt.

-About 35 people have died in clashes in the province of Fayoum, south of Cairo, Reuters news agency says.

-At least five people have been killed in the province of Suez, according to the health ministry.

-Clashes have also been reported in the northern provinces of Alexandria and Beheira, and the central provinces of Assiut and Menya.

-State news agency Mena says three churches have been attacked, one in the city of Sohag which has a large number of Coptic Christian residents.

For the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23700663

Related articles: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/14/egypt-clear-cairo-sitins-live

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypts-day-of-shame-scores-killed-and-hundreds-more-injured-as-government-declares-war-on-islamists-8760379.html

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