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

(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.

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.
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)
An Egyptian child displays empty tear gas canisters among the debris of a protest camp in Nahda Square, near Cairo University in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
An Egyptian child displays empty tear gas canisters among the debris of a protest camp in Nahda Square, near Cairo University in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Amr Nabil)
People inspect the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque with a poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi taped on its antenna in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
People inspect the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque with a poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi taped on its antenna in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
People mourn sitting next to bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
People mourn sitting next to bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
Egyptian relatives and colleagues of policemen who were killed during Wednesday's clashes carry coffins covered with national flags during a military funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Egyptian relatives and colleagues of policemen who were killed during Wednesday's clashes carry coffins covered with national flags during a military funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Amr Nabil)
Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Khalil Hamra)
Egyptians on a motorbike pass by burnt poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Nahda Square, near Cairo University in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug.15, 2013.
Egyptians on a motorbike pass by burnt poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Nahda Square, near Cairo University in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug.15, 2013.   (Amr Nabil)
People try to identify bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
People try to identify bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
People identify bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
People identify bodies of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi at the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
A man sifts through debris at the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
A man sifts through debris at the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
The damaged interior of the Saint Moussa Church is seen in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
The damaged interior of the Saint Moussa Church is seen in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Roger Anis)
Egyptian firefighters battle flames at the Giza governorate building that was stormed and torched by angry supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Egyptian firefighters battle flames at the Giza governorate building that was stormed and torched by angry supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Hassan Ammar)
Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
Egyptians walk among the burned remains of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in the district of Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Egyptians walk among the burned remains of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in the district of Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
A burned army vehicle remains on a side street at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
A burned army vehicle remains on a side street at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Khalil Hamra)
The body of a supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi lies, among others, on the floor of the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
The body of a supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi lies, among others, on the floor of the El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Ahmed Gomaa)
Egyptian police officers participate in a funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Egyptian police officers participate in a funeral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (Amr Nabil)
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