Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was appointed vice president in the interim government last month, resigned to protest the violent crackdown.
The United States strongly condemned the violence and expressed opposition to the state of emergency. It said it would hold the interim government accountable for keeping its promises of a speedy transition to a democratically elected civilian administration.
Police storm protest camps; 192 dead across Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Riot police backed by armored vehicles, bulldozers and helicopters Wednesday swept away two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, setting off running street battles in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. At least 192 people were killed nationwide, many of them in the crackdown on the protest sites.
Egypt bloodshed: At least 235 killed as troops clear pro-Morsi camps
CAIRO – Egypt descended into a chaotic bloodbath – and another political crisis – Wednesday after security forces backed by bulldozers moved into opposition protest camps set up by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, sparking deadly violence.
At least 235 people were killed and 2,001 injured, the country’s health ministry said, but the toll looked certain to rise as unrest spread from Cairo to other parts of the country.
According to the Interior Ministry, 43 security force members were also killed in the violence, including 18 police officers who died while clearing out protest camps.
Reports More Than 600 Protesters Have Been Killed By Security Forces In Egypt