278 Dead in Egypt Clashes
John Kerry delivers warning in surprise appearance at State Dept.
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a statement on the ongoing situation in Egypt before the start of a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.   (Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – At least 278 people died in vicious battles between Egyptian security forces and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, and 235 of them were civilians, according to state TV. Interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said 43 of the dead are police officers. "It's an open war," said one protester. Reporting from Cairo, CNN reporter Arwa Damon said that "what we're seeing right now is just the beginning of what is promising to be a very, very long and bloody battle as the interim government and the security forces try to regain control of the streets."

Secretary of State John Kerry dealt a stern warning to Egypt's leaders today, saying the latest outbreak of violence had delivered a "serious blow" to attempts at reconciliation between Morsi supporters and the military, the AP reports. He urged the nation's interim leaders to cool their heels and restore order. "This is a pivotal moment for all Egyptians," Kerry said. "The path toward violence leads only to greater instability, economic disaster and suffering." Click for more on the deteriorating situation.

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Aug 14, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
Hurry up Barry! Send the rest of those jets there so we can have another Syria!!! Real Leaders LEAD Free men look to us for leadership and support, which we dedicate ourselves to give out of the abundance of our national strength. The fate of the world will be deeply affected, perhaps determined, by the quality of American leadership. American leadership means both how we govern ourselves and how we help to influence others. We deliberate the choice of national leadership and policy, mindful that in some measure our proposals involve the fate of mankind. The leadership of the United States must be responsible and mature; its promises must be rational and practical, soberly pledged and faithfully undertaken.
Aug 14, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
Hey libtards, quick question. Why don't any of your news sources cover the Fort Hood trial? You guys covered the Thug/creepCracker/whitehispanic/hatecrime case. Is it only news if it helps divide America? What gives, libturds?
Aug 14, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
Good thing we helped overthrow Mubarak you know to stop the killing great job team Obama. Well this country is a country of 80 million so the blood shed should really get gear up shortly and last a long time. My cousin was recently in the crap hole since the brotherhood took over garbage doesn't get picked up and there dead animals in the street she described as the dirties place on earth she has ever been. Lets face Mubarak was a dictator, but the garbage got picked up and the trains ran on time now look at their future they have none.