Government crackdown prompts bloodshed in Egypt

Security forces have moved in on two sit-ins organized in support of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, razing their camps and firing on demonstrators in a shocking display of force.

Conflicting reports of casualty figures ranged from 40 to more than 300, according to local media reports and the Muslim Brotherhood, respectively.

The death toll was expected to climb as the sit-ins turned from scenes of flag-waving protests to images reminiscent of war. The wounded and the dead were carried to a makeshift field hospital next to the Rabaa mosque, where doctors donned gas masks and floors were slippery with blood.

Protesters and police clashed near Cairo University and Rabaa, with security officials setting camps ablaze while snipers watched from above. A state of emergency has been declared in all Egyptian cities, as Morsi supporters try to recover their mounting casualties.

Read more from the scene over at World Now.

Photos: Mosaab El-Shamy / EPA, Aly Hazzaa, Ahmed Abd El Latif / Associated Press

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