CAIRO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 235 people were killed and over 2,000 injured in clashes across Egypt after the police started at dawn to disperse supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi at two major sit-in sites, a Health Ministry official told Xinhua Wednesday evening.
"The death toll across the country rises to 235, including 43 policemen," Health Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Fatah-Allah told Xinhua.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said "The protesters were given complete opportunity for diplomatic solution, but in vain."
"We cleared up the sit-ins with the least losses," he said.
The Egyptian security forces started Wednesday dawn the cleaning-up operation at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City and Nahda Square in Giza. The pro-Morsi protesters had been sitting in there for some 45 days.
CAIRO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least eight top leaders of Egypt' s Muslim Brotherhood were allegedly arrested at Rabaa Al Adawiya square in Cairo's Nasr City during an operation by the police to disperse supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, state TV reported on Wednesday.
The arrested Brotherhood leaders included Essam al-Erian, deputy chief of the movement's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Mohamed al-Beltagi, a senior member, Safwat Hegazi, a preacher, and its spokesman Ahmed Aaref. Full story
CAIRO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's vice president for foreign relations, Mohamed ElBaradei, offered his resignation on Wednesday for rejection of dispersing pro-Morsi sit-ins by force, state-run MENA news agency reported.
In his written resignation, ElBaradei said that he is no longer able to bear responsibility for any drop of blood or decisions he does not agree with and he is quite concerned about their consequences. Full story
CAIRO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi on Wednesday hailed security forces for showing high level of "restraint" during the dispersal of the sit-ins of the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
However, "when protesters attempted to spread chaos around the country, we had to take some extraordinary measures," Beblawi said, stressing that the government had to interfere to protect citizens and bring back stability and security to the streets. Full story