RECAP: Egypt Declares State of Emergency as Security Forces Evict Morsi Supporters; Dozens Dead, Hundreds Injured

Early Wednesday morning, security forces raided two protest areas in Cairo to clear out supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. At least 278 people have been reported killed and more than 2000 injured.

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A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi carries woods to burn in a fire barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya square in Cairo's Nasr City district, Aug. 14, 2013.

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A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi carries woods to burn in a fire barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya square in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Aug. 14.

Cairo is silent following a day of violent clashes that erupted as Egyptian security forces cleared a pair of long-term protest sites. At least 278 people are reported dead and more than 2,000 are injured. Authorities have declared a one-month state of emergency and are imposing a nightly curfew in Cairo and 13 other provinces. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a prominent liberal voice in the government, stepped down in opposition to the authorities’ violent tactics.

Earlier:

Weeks of street-level standoffs and multiple ultimatums ended early Wednesday morning when Egyptian security forces moved into a pair of long-term protest sites, held by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ex-president Mohamed Morsi. In a dispatch for TIME, Ashraf Khalil called Nahda Square near Cairo University “a smoking ruin of burning tires and smoldering tents.” Across the city, at the Rabaa Adaweya mosque in the Nasr City area, Khalil writes, “a much more prolonged and potentially bloody battle is unfolding.”

PHOTOS: Bloodshed in Cairo as Egyptian Security Cracks Down on Morsi Supporters


5:10 p.m.: Here’s a multimedia collection from around the internet, featuring some of the most startling images coming out of Egypt today.

An army personnel carrier that was reportedly pushed off a bridge in downtown Cairo falls to the ground near pro-Morsi protesters. Find more photos of the falling APC here.

 

A before-and-after comparison of St. George’s Church in Assiut following an attack by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Look through this photo gallery for more images of the aftermath.

 

A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi reacts during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Rabaah Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City district, Aug. 14, 2013.

Manu Brabo / AP

A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi reacts during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Rabaah Al-Adawiya in Cairo’s Nasr City district. View Time’s full gallery here.


4:46 p.m.:


4:30 p.m.: Two U.S. journalists in Cairo are reporting on their harrowing day of work dodging bullets and abuse from government forces. Abigail Hauslohner, the Cairo Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, writes that a police officer threatened to shoot her in the leg.

“The violent attack by Egyptian military and police on opposition forces’ main encampment was stunning in its ferocity, an assault that transformed nearby streets into a war zone,” she writes.

Mayy El Sheikh, a Cairo correspondent for the New York Times, took to Twitter to recount her experience and criticize the minister of interior for failing to protect journalists:


4:20 p.m.: The full transcript of Kerry’s remarks earlier today are published here.


4:16 p.m:


4:09 p.m.: Western nations  spent the past week warning the Egyptian government not to use force against the protesters. Among those bringing the pressure: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who made nearly daily calls to army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Reuters reports.


4:03 p.m.:


3:42: CNN posted video of correspondent Arwa Damon ducking from gunfire as she covers clashes.


3:28 p.m.:

Egypt’s interior minister accused protesters in comments to reporters of attacking authorities trying to disperse the sit-ins.

The minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, said 43 members of the police forces had been killed the during dispersal operations, including 18 officers. 21 police stations and 7 churches were also attacked by Brotherhood members, according to the minister.

Ibrahim said police seized 10 machine guns, 29 shotguns, 6 grenades and over 9,600 rounds of ammunition from protest sites, along with molotov cocktails, knives, “and other instruments of torture,” according to Cairo-based journalist Evan Hill.

In his remarks, Ibrahim defended the legitimacy of Egypt’s interim government and the necessity of the military’s crackdown on protesters.

“We were given the mandate by the Egyptian people on June 30,” Ibrahim said. “We are up to this responsibility for the sake of this great people.”

According to the ministry’s statement, a large number of Muslim Brothers have been arrested, although Ibrahim could not confirm reports that the leadership had also been taken into custody.

—Jacob Davidson


3:15 p.m.: The mother of a young woman who was shot and killed in Rabaa Al Adawiya Square published her heartbreaking final text message exchange with her daughter. Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, worked as a reporter for Dubai-based XPRESS and was on leave, not on official assignment, in her home country.


3:01 p.m.: The State Department is briefing reporters following remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry. McClatchy Newspapers reporter Hannah Allam is on scene:


2:45 p.m.:

The pro-Morsi Anti-Coup Alliance has released a statement calling today’s violence a “major massacre” and called for worldwide condemnation of the military government for its attacks on protesters.

The statement, posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, also says that the group will continue with their strategy of non-violence.

“The Alliance affirms its insistence on peaceful resistance and reiterates its call to all Egyptians to mass in non-violent vigils and protest rallies in public squares in all the provinces of Egypt, until the coup is completely defeated,” said the statement.

The Alliance accused the military of killing “more than 2000 people and wounding more than ten thousand.” These accusations have been repeated by Brotherhood sources but remain unconfirmed. The AP reports that the current known death toll is 149, with over 2000 wounded.

Both the Alliance and Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad have claimed that the military is indiscriminately targeting protesters, in some cases burning buildings and tents with civilians still inside.

—Jacob Davidson


2:43 p.m.:


2:40 p.m.:


2:34 p.m.:

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi is addressing the nation on state TV:

“Without security there is no political stability… We cannot restore our economy in the absence of security,” he said. “For these reasons we were forced to intervene, and when we intervened we observed the highest degrees of self restraint.”


2:14 p.m.:

Riot police and army soldiers protect themselves with riot shields as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones during clashes around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, Aug. 14, 2013.

ASMAA WAGUIH / REUTERS

Riot police and army soldiers protect themselves with riot shields as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi throw stones during clashes earlier today around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo, where they are camping.


1:52 p.m.:


1:44 p.m.: The White House released the full statement from earlier today condemning the Egyptian military’s use of violence against protesters.


1:42 p.m.:


1:27 p.m.: State TV is reporting that the curfew is postponed to 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EST).


1:21 p.m.: 

In his resignation letter, vice president Mohamed ElBaradei condemned the violence that has overtaken Egypt and described the government’s response to protesters as unnecessary.

ElBaradei, a moderate voice in the interim government, had previously opposed the forcible removal of pro-Morsi protesters. A “voice of reason” and “man of conscience” according to the LA Times, ElBaradei was jointly awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“It has become too difficult to continue bearing responsibility for decisions I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear,” ElBaradei wrote in the letter to interim president Adly Mansour. “I believe this violence could have been avoided.”

The resignation also warned that attacks on protesters would provoke more violence and energize insurgent groups. “Unfortunately those who gain from what happened today are those who call for violence and terror, the extremist groups,” he wrote.

His moderate approach has drawn criticism from those who have argued for a harder line against the Muslim Brotherhood. Gamal Ghitani, a columnist for Egypt’s state-run newspaper Al Akhbar, called ElBaradei “an enemy of the state,” and the LA Times reports that officials with connections to the Mubarak-era had been skeptical of his allegiance to the interim government.

Tamarod, the organization that led the grassroots opposition movement to force out former president Mohamed Morsi, has joined the ranks of ElBaradei critics:

—Jacob Davidson


1:00 p.m.: The government-imposed curfew takes effect at 7:00 p.m. local time (1 p.m. EST) and runs through 6:00 a.m., during which Cairo’s underground metro will be closed. The curfew will last for one month and applies to Cairo and 13 other provinces. Egyptian state TV said journalists will be permitted to stay out.

Cairo-based freelance reporter Ian Lee writes:


12:33 p.m.:

An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013.

MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM / AFP / Getty Images

An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes in Cairo on Aug. 14.


12:24 p.m.:


12:11 p.m.:

Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the floor of a makeshift hospital at a sit-in at Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt, Aug. 14, 2013.

Manu Brabo / AP

Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi lie on the floor of a makeshift hospital at a sit-in at Cairo’s Nasr City district, Aug. 14.


12:06 p.m.:


11:58 a.m.: White House continuing to review aid to Egypt

In the Obama administration’s first statement on today’s violence, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration will continue to review the $1.3 billion dollars in aid currently given to Egypt by the United States.

“The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” Earnest said. “The world is watching what is happening Cairo.”

In late July, the White House delayed the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian military but did not alter other aid commitments.

The administration has gone to great lengths to continue providing aid to Egypt despite the removal of democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi. According to US law, it is illegal to provide funds to any country in which a democratically elected head of government has been overthrown by a ” military coup or decree.”

The Obama administration previously said it would avoid this restriction by refusing to designate whether or not the ouster of elected Morsi constituted a coup.

—Jacob Davidson


11:53 a.m.:


11:39 a.m.: International leaders are raising concerns with the mounting violence in Egypt. Abdullah Gul, president of Turkey, a supporter of the former Muslim Brotherhood government, calls the military’s actions “unacceptable.” Check CNN.com for a full round-up.

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary

“I am deeply concerned at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt, and regret the loss of life on all sides … I condemn the use of force in clearing protests and call on the security forces to act with restraint.”

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

“While the UN is still gathering precise information about today’s events, it appears that hundreds of people were killed or wounded in clashes between security forces and demonstrators … Just days ago, the Secretary-General renewed his call for all sides in Egypt to reconsider their actions in light of new political realities and the imperative to prevent further loss of life. The Secretary-General regrets that Egyptian authorities chose instead to use force to respond to the ongoing demonstrations.”

Abudullah Gul, President of Turkey

“What is happening in Egypt today is unacceptable. Assaults on protesters and civilians are unacceptable. These may lead to dangerous results whatever the reasons are.”


11:34 a.m.: If you’re just joining, here’s a recap of the morning’s clashes in Cairo:

The military gave up negotiation efforts earlier today and attempted to forcibly remove the protesters from two long-term protest sites. Operations to clear the gatherings began at dawn, and by midday the Nahda Square sit-in outside Cairo University was an empty plot of burning tires and smoldering tents, Time Correspondent Ashraf Khalil reports from Cairo. Across the city at the Rabaa Adaweya mosque in Nasr City, police approached with helicopters and bulldozers and a bloody battle raged through the day. Clashes have spread to other districts in the country.

Egypt’s military government announced a month-long state of emergency that began in the afternoon. According to a government state statement, the state of emergency was necessary because “the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups.”

Khalil writes:

The storming of the sit-in camps could mark the beginning of a new phase of the Egyptian political crisis. By purging the Brotherhood, the interim government might be able to begin organizing a new transitional roadmap—including scheduling fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

The army vowed on Sunday to clear sit-ins by supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi within 24 hours and potentially as early as Monday morning. But the military later delayed dispersing the protests as parties scrambled to find a peaceful solution.

— Jacob Davidson


11:05 a.m.: Associated Press: The Egyptian government declared a nighttime curfew in Cairo and 10 provinces. The


10:58 a.m.: UK Broadcaster Sky News reports that a cameraman for the organization, Mick Deane, was shot and killed covering the clashes. Deane, 61, had been based in Washington and Jerusalem in his 15-year-career at Sky News.


10:40 a.m.:

An injured member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is carried by members of the riot police and the army after they cleared Rabaa Adawiya square area, where the Pro-Mursi supporters are camping, in Cairo

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An injured member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is carried by members of the riot police and the army after they cleared Rabaa Adawiya square on Aug. 14.


10:30 a.m.: The Health Ministry has raised the casualty toll to 95 killed and 874 injured.


10:08 a.m.: The Egyptian stock exchange will be closed tomorrow amid the ongoing turmoil. The market dropped 1.70 % to 5549.19 on Wednesday.


10:01 a.m.: Expect a White House response from Martha’s Vineyard at 11:00 a.m., says CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.


9:48 a.m.: The interim president declared a month-long state of emergency in Egypt, reviving a policy under former President Hosni Mubarak that ended soon after his ouster. The announcement comes amid mass arrests of protesters and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including senior politician Mohamed El-Beltagi.



An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013.

MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM / AFP / Getty Images

An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes in Cairo on Aug. 14.

76 comments
nancahmedemam
nancahmedemam

@TIME @TIMEWorld It's Not a coup but a popular revolution against the terrorists Brotherhood.We are the Egyptian people,

Michel Ezzat
Michel Ezzat

What is happening in Egypt is now an internal matter and we are the people of Egypt Judges commissioned Egypt army and police the elimination of the terrorist group will not allow any State whatever to intervene in this matter Egypt is Her sovereign state

Taha Hassan Taha
Taha Hassan Taha

To whole people in the free world, the majority of western administrations are supporting terrorism in Egypt, the Muslim brother hood are killing the innocent of Muslims and Christians, they are fully armed and they set fire in mosques and churches at the same time, they blocking streets and assaulting the civilian, the Muslim brotherhood is not representing the moderating Islam, they are terrorists receiving support from the axe of veil (USA) and others western countries.

Lola Lita
Lola Lita

Mohammed baradei is a traitor and we all happy in Egypt about his Resignation

Falco Mazwelane
Falco Mazwelane

The problem with US foreing policy is that it seems to fail instead of mantaining peace in most of its operations, take project Iraq for example, there is a civil war, in Egypt, the situation is getting worse, in Syria there is no stability. AU is in a comma, and needs to wake up and smell the coffee or it will face what has happened in Lybia for example. Must we accept people coming to our space and force how we should live? Should we accept foreign practices imposed on us? Was it a sniper who killed the journo?

Em Dodds
Em Dodds

Hmm, me thinks a bit of hypocrisy in the first comment here, and what's actually stated on your home page, i.e. people should have dominion over their own lives- as Egyptians want and are fighting for (esp) without interference from outside economies- contrasts sharply with what was written above.

Falco Mazwelane
Falco Mazwelane

The challenge is that those we elect end up having ideas on what is good or bad for us, they forget to stick to the terms and mandates. This is a global challenge and people must hold them to account. We are now facing some bad omen and hope that we have leaders such Mandela in facilitating the transformations happening in our societies, unfortunately we were not prepared for these and issues are just forced on us without considering the consiquences. We must only keep on praying for peace in the world. I am saddened by what is happening in Syria, innocent souls are lost everyday, will Egypt face what is happening in Lybia, Afgan, Syria as well?

azmalhome
azmalhome

Islam means peace and violence means turmoil. Who try to create a turmoil situation in better peace places? They’re not Muslim, But they always try to approve them self as Muslim to people for getting extra opportunity from illiterate Muslim. Prophet  Mohammad  never create a violence situation after  getting a lot of attack  from illiterate people, so Muslim should believe  hardly that A violence is not  in Islamic  law, still the violence have been as a most popular matter in Muslim countries than non-Muslim countries.

http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/violence-is-a-biggest-sin-in-islam-religion/



Ahmed_labh
Ahmed_labh

@TIME @TIMEWorld and on 26/7/2013 also were on street asking our government (specially army) to help us from them

Ahmed_labh
Ahmed_labh

@TIME @TIMEWorld even i was agree with mprse but really he destrpyed our life and culture . And we all were on street against him on 30/6/13

Ahmed_labh
Ahmed_labh

@TIME @TIMEWorld iam egyptian . Agree with all that happened today as that dirty party dont care about egypt and we all against that

pvm
pvm

Why must the USA always have to bother with other nations and their troubles?  When we go to the aid of either side, we are condemned as meddlers and murderers.  The best policy is to let these people settle it amongst themselves.  Let it be the survival of the fittest.  You cannot teach democracy to a country that is not ready or willing.  The Middle East has been in turmoil since before the time of Christ and will continue until the end of time.  

GeorgeAtta
GeorgeAtta

I hope from time to publish real news not listen to terrorism

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

Come on, mr Obama, what is the position of the USA government about the massacre of civilians?  Your position on Syria is stupendously clear: " The dictator Assad must go". Now, mr Obama, you have a military dictatorship, that overthrew a legitimate democratic government and now this dictatorship, supported and financed by your government, is massacring civilians. Don't be a two faces and declare to the world that the military dictatorship must go and you are going to support and arm the people that lost their legitimate government to these animals. Isn't it so, mr President?

William SP
William SP

Look the brighter side they want to rid of those war monger who had hidden agendas and self interest.

Sehlule Khanyiso Dlodlo
Sehlule Khanyiso Dlodlo

I wonder what ElBaradei expected, but his credibility has been irretrievably eroded by his participation in a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government...

mehmetfcelebi
mehmetfcelebi

Wht a weak statmnt frm an evn weakr man-whse improvidnce & cowardice w/ suprt of /coup will b his brief awful legacy & pol demise @TIME

Ama Ni Mirang
Ama Ni Mirang

I cant believe that you compared those lost lives to rubbish in the street.

Ama Ni Mirang
Ama Ni Mirang

What happened was a massacre. One group are without firearms and other group enjoyed pulling the trigger.

Timothy James
Timothy James

Is this a battle or a massacre? I'm just not sure.

shawky07
shawky07

@TIME @TIMEWorld It is the final scene of the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood, which was sponsored by the West and America

William SP
William SP

They should hid the call for peace and unity not that they insist further islamist agenda for Egypt , that will not happen .

شهرول حميد
شهرول حميد

oh my! in a state of unrest over there, more casualties and death really make the whole situation even worse.

Craig Cmc Pledger
Craig Cmc Pledger

who really cares? these Arabz & Muslims havent stoped rapeing,killing, beheading thay are in-human and should be left alone... completely no money,weapons, or any type of funding Obummer & US Government .....

kqureshi
kqureshi

So called open minded, peace loving, educated liberals of Muslim world are the ugliest hypocrites on the face of earth. Their open mind is like open manhole cover of sewage line, the closer you come the worst they smell. For last 100 years they are preaching and praising democracy and importance of ballot not bullet but when anyone other than a thug like them come to power through ballot they can’t stand it. Algeria, Palestine, Turkey, Tunis, Egypt ….. Shame on “ignoble peace prize” “winner”ElBaradei and all other liberal seculars like him

efmg
efmg

Too late for ElBaradey to says the truth. Like General Sisi, you've bloody hands in the coup of Morsy.

CurtinLinda
CurtinLinda

@TIME So devastating, such loss of life, No people should have to suffer like this.

Heba El Soussy
Heba El Soussy

Take a look at this video, this is what the peaceful Morsi demonstrators do.....this is what they did today they slayed police officers in charge of the Kirdasa police station near Guiza,,,this is just one example of their atrocities ,,,,, these are the terrorists supported by the US Adminstration ,,,,https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201137837359943

Aibic Medo
Aibic Medo

Targeting of journalists by the Egyptian army and police today Press Habiba Ahmed Abdulaziz, Gulf News correspondent, a gunshot to the head . Musab Shami ... Monitor newspaper photographer .. Reuters correspondent

Peter Laszlo
Peter Laszlo

The Egyptian government congratulated the security forces on their operation. How many did they kill?

Em Dodds
Em Dodds

Presidents of the united states

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

@shawky07 @TIME @TIMEWorld Please be specific. The muslin brotherhood was never supported by the American or the west. I have to admit that you are really confused. The Islamics that the American and the west are supporting with money and arms, are the ones killing American and European in Afghanistan and Iraq, the famous and friends of America, the Al Qaeda, that in this moment are killing civilians and government troops in the name of Allah. Don't you feel proud of your double standards?