Massacre and State of Emergency in Egypt
Casualties are rising in Egypt after security forces moved in with armored vehicles, bulldozers and tear gas to clear two protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.Amid the bloodshed, Egypt’s interim presidency Wednesday announced a one-month state of emergency had begun and ordered the armed forces to help the Interior Ministry enforce security. In addition, a nighttime curfew was declared in Cairo and a number of other provinces.
Divergent death tolls:
There are widely divergent estimates of the death toll from the clashes. The United Nations said it appears hundreds were killed or wounded in the clashes between security forces and demonstrators demanding Morsi’s reinstatement. The Muslim Brotherhood called the security operation a “massacre” and put the death toll at 500, while Egypt’s Health Ministry said at least 95 people were killed and 874 wounded. Continue here