Egypt Unravels: VP ElBaradei Quits in Protest

Security forces stage deadly raids; toll hits 149

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:00 AM CDT | Updated Aug 14, 2013 11:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's been a bloody, chaotic day in Egypt:

  • Security forces raided two pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camps in Cairo, and reports of casualties are rising quickly. The country's health ministry now says 149 are dead and about 1,400 injured in Cairo and elsewhere, reports AP. The Muslim Brotherhood says the figures are even higher.
  • Nobel prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei resigned from his post as vice president in protest of the violent crackdown, reports Reuters.
  • The government put into place a one-month state of emergency and ordered the army to help police enforce it, reports the BBC. The White House condemned both the violence and the emergency declaration, adds the Hill. "We will continue to hold the interim government accountable for the promise they have made to speed the transition to a civilian democratic government," said a spokesman.

Trains to Cairo have been halted, and the Muslim Brotherhood says the move is to prevent outside aid from arriving. Protesters had held the two camps for some six weeks now, and they were braced for an eventual raid following the end of Ramadan last week, reports CNN. Among those reported killed is the 17-year-old daughter of Mohamed al-Beltagy, a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood. Sky News is confirming that cameraman Mick Deane was also among those killed, and a Reuters reporter saw at least 20 protesters shot in the legs.

In this image made from AP video, Egyptian security forces throw tear gas towards supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi at a sit-in in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
In this image made from AP video, Egyptian security forces throw tear gas towards supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi at a sit-in in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.   (AP video)
A veiled protester confronts Egyptian security forces in Giza, Egypt.
A veiled protester confronts Egyptian security forces in Giza, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Imad Abdul Rahman)
Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant clash with Egyptian security forces in Cairo.
Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant clash with Egyptian security forces in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
A member of the Egyptian security forces holds up a copy of the Koran as they clear the smaller of the two sit-ins near the Cairo University campus in Giza.
A member of the Egyptian security forces holds up a copy of the Koran as they clear the smaller of the two sit-ins near the Cairo University campus in Giza.   (AP Photo/Imad Abdul Rahman)
Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with security forces in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo.
Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with security forces in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Morsi backers distribute cold water to protesters outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where they have installed a camp and held daily rallies at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
Morsi backers distribute cold water to protesters outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where they have installed a camp and held daily rallies at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi serve food on plastic dishes to distribute to protesters at a camp at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi serve food on plastic dishes to distribute to protesters at a camp at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand behind sand barriers at a camp outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi stand behind sand barriers at a camp outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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