Egypt Death Toll Hits 638
Families seek loved ones as Muslim Brotherhood tries to regroup
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
A man holds the body of a supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)

(Newser) – Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 today from Egypt's deadliest day since the Arab Spring began. World condemnation widened for the bloody crackdown on Morsi's mostly Islamist supporters, including an angry response from President Barack Obama, who canceled joint US-Egyptian military maneuvers.

Violence spread today, with government buildings set afire near the Pyramids, policemen gunned down, and scores of Christian churches attacked. At least 638 people were confirmed killed and nearly 4,000 wounded. As turmoil engulfed the country, the Interior Ministry authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions. The Muslim Brotherhood, trying to regroup after the assault on their encampments and the arrest of many of their leaders, called for a mass rally tomorrow in a challenge to the government's declaration of a month-long nationwide state of emergency and a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

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Aug 16, 2013 2:29 AM CDT
Less muslims = better planet
Aug 16, 2013 12:57 AM CDT
Congratulations and thank you to the Egyptian army! The Egyptian army acted to protect all Egyptians as the Muslim Brotherhood moved to dismantle Egypt’s nascent democracy. We’ve read the reports of the zealots’ attacks on women and minority groups. Islamist fanatics have proven themselves unable to live among others in democratic societies, governed apart from religious influence. Where is the model for an “Islamic democracy”? There is none! The Islamist radicals show no affinity for democracy nor to the West. They are not our friends. We are not fools who respect the human rights of those who do not respect those rights for others. Religious fanatics of all stripe have blocked social progress over the world for far too long.
Aug 16, 2013 12:22 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .... Egyptian President overthrown in a coup? .. thousands killed and wounded? .. Obama? The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence .. and America is led by (the educated fool) Obama, who hasn't a single clue on what the hell is going on .. and continues to dither .. with his finger up his big a$$. Really, a trained monkey can dither, with it's finger up it's a$$ .. so could it do Obama's job, now? .... REALLY