Egypt Unravels: VP ElBaradei Quits in Protest
Security forces stage deadly raids; toll hits 149
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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Aug 14, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
no big deal just the savage army killing other savages!
Aug 14, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
That's what happens when you want to have both ways: coupe wasn't a coupe couple months back and the same John Kerry calls it a coupe now. They talking about $1.5B in military aid but nobody will do anything, keep in mind Egypt has border with our ally Israel in the Middle East and Egypt is part of the stability for peace out there. So it's their internal issue, that we should not get involved with in the first place. If someone didn't support Morsi, we wouldn't have to feel like fools now. The military will take over and clean the place out as Muslim Brotherhood is history for now.
Aug 14, 2013 6:17 PM CDT
Be a great commercial for the GOP showing Obama and Hillary and the mastery of foreign policy and its results. Another good one will be the GOPs ad showing Hillary at the Benghazi hearing saying in that shrill voice of hers "does it really matter how they got killed" yes Hilda Beast it does. This man in the Whitehouse is a pox on our country everything he lays his hands on turns to crap.