Aug 14 2013
The number of people killed in nationwide clashes between police and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has risen to 278, most civilians, officials said.
It makes it the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 revolution against Mr Morsi's predecessor Hosni Mubarak began, leading to more than two years of turmoil
The Health Ministry said 235 civilians were killed as street battles erupted following the storming of two protest camps set up to demand Mr Morsi's return.
Ministry spokesman Mohammed Fathallah said the number of injured has also risen to 2,001. He said the 235 figure is separate from 43 policemen reported killed by the Interior Ministry.
Earlier Egypt declared a state of emergency after clashes broke out across the country following a blood-soaked bid to clear two protest camps in Cairo.
Security forces moved on the two areas where Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Mr Morsi were holding sit-ins.
Clashes also broke out elsewhere in the capital and other provinces, injuring more than 1,400 people nationwide, as Islamist anger over the crackdown spread, with police stations, government buildings and Coptic Christian churches attacked or set ablaze.
The interim government declared the month-long state of emergency, ordering the armed forces to support the police in efforts to restore law and order and protect state facilities. A night-time curfew for Cairo and 10 provinces also was put into effect.
Meanwhile Egypt's vice president and pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei resigned in protest at the raids saying he would not be held responsible for a "single drop of blood" .
The assaults came after days of warnings by the military-backed interim administration that replaced Mr Morsi after he was removed in a July 3 coup. The two sit-in camps at major junctions on opposite sides of the Egyptian capital began in late June to show support for Mr Morsi. Protesters have demanded his reinstatement.