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article imageEgypt declares national state of emergency

By Samuel Okocha     Aug 14, 2013 in World
Egypt's presidency has declared a state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed protest camps occupied by supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi, who was deposed in early July.
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, according to the BBC.
The state of emergency is scheduled to last for a month. It comes with a curfew starting at 19:00 (17:00 GMT) affecting 11 provinces, including the capital Cairo.
Casualties from Wednesday's clash in Egypt
There have been different claims on the number of casualties as security forces moved in to clear camp sites of pro-Morsi protesters.
Egypt's health ministry say clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters have left more than 100 dead and hundreds injured.
The Muslim Brotherhood claim that as many as 2,000 people have been killed by the security operation, says an earlier report on Digital Journal.
The 17-year-old daughter of leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed el-Beltagy was among the dead, reports say, according the BBC which adds that a cameraman working for Sky News, Mick Deane, has also been killed. So also a reporter for Gulf News, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz.
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