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article imageUPDATED: Egyptian security crackdown leaves 149 dead

By Sami Zaatari     Aug 14, 2013 in World
One hundred forty-nine people have been reported killed after Egyptian security forces launched a major operation to disperse two pro-Morsi camp sites in the capital city of Cairo.
The total death toll was initially unclear with conflicting and contradictory numbers given. The Egyptian Health Ministry reported 56 killed, including six members of the Egyptian security services, while an Al-Jazeera correspondent at the scene of the violence, counted at least 94 bodies at a makeshift hospital.
The Muslim Brotherhood has alleged that as many as 2,000 people have been killed by the security operation.
According to the Associated Press, the number is 149 dead.
According to several witnesses at the pro-Morsi camps, Egyptian security forces fired teargas, as well as live ammunition to disperse the protesters.
Pro-Morsi supporters, meanwhile, have called for more protests as a result of today's violence, with several protests erupting around Egypt, and Cairo. In the latest protests, a police station in southern Cairo was attacked by Morsi supporters, while government offices were also attacked by hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters in the southern city of Aswan.
International condemnation has also begun against today's security crackdown, with Turkish President Abdullah Gul calling it "unacceptable." Iran called the crackdown a "massacre," while Qatar called on Egyptian security forces to "refrain" from using force against peaceful protesters.
The European Union said that it was worried about the recent reports of violence, and called on Egypt to show "restraint," with France and Germany also condemning the bloodshed.
UPDATE: In the wake of the bloodshed, Associated Press also reports that Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Reports also say that police have seized control of a second pro-Morsi camp.
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