Bloodshed in Egypt
August 14, 2013 1 Comment
The violence which has been growing in Egypt since the overturn of Mohammed Morsi has reached a fever pitch. Protest camps set up by supporters of the ousted Morsi met in deadly clashes with security forces on August 14, 2013. Blood ran on the streets of Cairo as 149 people were killed and another 1403 were injured. Security forces used bulldozers to push back those in the protest camps. Security forces also arrested 8 members of the Muslim Brotherhood and charged them with inciting violence.
The United Nations and the United States have both denounced the killings and Mohamed ElBaradei, the interim government minister, resigned amid the bloody assault. The interim government declared a one-month state of emergency nationwide and a curfew was imposed in some areas.
A volunteer said that tents were destroyed and the people could not breathe due to the use of tear gas. Dozens of bodies were laid out at field hospitals near two camp locations. Asmaa Beltagy, the 17-year old daughter of Mohammed Beltagy, one of the top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, was killed in the melee, along with so many others.
Although the interior ministry of Egypt claimed that only tear gas had been used against the protesters, a Reuters reporter tells of about 20 people being shot by soldiers. Retaliation to the violence brought about the attack on two churches and the killing of an air force colonel. A police station in the Giza district of Cairo was also attacked and four officers were killed.
The U.S. Embassy was closed and the country’s stock exchange was suspended. Train service was also halted. The United Nations Security Council has been called upon by the Turkish prime minister to intervene, calling the situation a massacre.
More than 300 people have already been killed since the Army deposed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Morsi had served only 12 months of his four-year presidential term.