Egypt in State of Emergency

Egyptian forces are on alert preparing for another day of potential violence after the Muslim Brotherhood declared it will continue protesting the removal of President Mohamed Morsi.

The clashes began when police moved to clear two sit-in camps in Cairo by supporters of Morsi. The violence spread across the Egyptian capital and other cities across the country. The Egyptian Health Ministry reports more than 500 people were killed in Monday's crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood says the death toll is closer to 3,000. The government has declared a state of emergency.

In a nationally televised address, interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi defended the government's decision to clear out the protestors, saying the government gave protestors multiple warnings to leave their campsites before security forces moved in.

Secretary of State John Kerry says the violence is a blow for democracy in Egypt.

"In the past week, at every occasion, perhaps even more than the past week, we and others have urged the government to respect the rights of free assembly and of free expression," Kerry said.

Despite Kerry's stern remarks the Obama administration signaled no change in U.S. policy toward Egypt. The U.S. has avoided declaring Morsi's ouster a coup, because that would force the administration to suspend $1.3 billion in annual military aid to the nation.


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