August 15, 2013

Hundreds die in attacks on Egypt sit-ins

The vice president, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, quits in protest over the assaults as military-backed leadership imposes a monthlong curfew.

By ABIGAIL HAUSLOHNER AND SHARAF AL-HOURAN The Washington Post

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A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick as police clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at the smaller of the two camps, near the Cairo University campus in Giza, Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.

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Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo on Wednesday.

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"I cannot be responsible for one drop of blood in front of God, and then in front of my conscience, especially with my faith that we could have avoided it," ElBaradei said in the letter to Adly Mansour, the military-backed interim president.

Speaking from Martha's Vineyard, where President Obama is vacationing, deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that "the world is watching" events in Cairo. He said the White House had urged the interim government and all parties in Egypt "to refrain from violence and resolve their differences peacefully."

The military has held Morsi and his top aides, as well as other prominent Islamist leaders, virtually incommunicado since the coup. Last month, Egyptian prosecutors said they were investigating the former president on charges of murder and treason.

Morsi supporters outside Rabaa al-Adawiya acknowledged Wednesday morning that they had heard the government's warnings of a raid for weeks. They said black-clad riot police and plainclothes men in flak jackets moved into the camps about 7 a.m., confronting protesters from multiple side streets with a barrage of tear gas, and then gunfire.

Local television footage showed protesters streaming out of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in Wednesday evening; some of them running with children, their hands held high in surrender, as security forces pushed further into the camp. Footage posted online also purported to show pro-Morsi demonstrators firing assault rifles.

The attacks set off retaliatory clashes and protest marches. Crowds of Morsi supporters marched toward eastern Cairo in the late morning, running into a barrage of gunfire as they confronted police lines. Others hurled stones and Molotov cocktails as they clashed with anti-Islamist civilians elsewhere in the capital and in cities across the nation of 85 million.

The state-run Middle East News Agency said Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the government headquarters in the coastal city of Alexandria and attacked government offices in the Nile Delta city of Damanhour.

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A member of the Egyptian security force carries another as they clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.

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Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo Wednesday. The smaller of the two camps was cleared of protesters by late morning, with most of them taking refuge in the nearby Orman botanical gardens, inside the sprawling campus of Cairo University and the zoo.

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