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250 people were killed as Egyptian troops move on pro-Morsi sit-ins

Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in camps by supporters of the country's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas, state television and security officials said. "250+ confirmed deaths. Drs saying most critical patients will die from their bullet wounds. over 5000 wounded. biggest massacre since #coup," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said on Twitter. An AFP correspondent at the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp had counted 17 bodies at the makeshift morgue there and at least 43 people killed.

The Rabaa al-Adawiya Press Center has said 120 people have been killed by Egyptian security forces, according to Anadolu Agency. Two security forces were killed according to Egyptian state agency.

A hospital at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square has said the death toll has risen to 163 and that the number of wounded people has reached close to 7,000.

Security forces control one protest camp

Egypt's interior ministry said security forces have "total control" over the smaller of two protest camps.
 
Al-Nahda Square was "totally under control" and "police forces have managed to remove most of the tents in the square," the ministry said.
 
A security official told AFP that dozens of Morsi supporters had been arrested with the help of residents from the area.

Scores killed as Egyptian troops move on pro-Morsi sit-in camps
Television footage showed protesters who had been rounded up sitting in the ground handcuffed and surrounded by security forces.

An army bulldozer was removing mounds of sand bags and brick walls built by the protesters as a defense line in the Nasr City camp. Army troops, however, were not taking part in the operation. The simultaneous actions by the Egyptian forces - at the pro-Morsi encampment in Nasr City and at the site outside the main campus of Cairo University in Giza - began at around 7 a.m.

The pan-Arab Al-Arabiya TV is showing images of collapsed tents and burning tires at the Nasr City protest site. Ambulances are also seen at the scene, as well as some protesters being arrested and led away by the troops.

There is no threat agaist us: Botsalı

"There is no threat from the Egyptian people against us. Two tanks surrounded our embassy to protect us," Turkish Ambassador to Cairo Hüseyin Avni Botsalı told private broadcaster NTV.

Egypt halts trains to prevent demos moving outside Cairo

Egypt stopped all train services in and out of Cairo to prevent supporters of Morsi from reassembling after being dispersed from protest camps in the capital.
 
"Train services in and out of Cairo in all directions have been stopped until further notice... for security reasons and to prevent people from mobilising," the railway authority said.

Egypt arrests Brotherhood leaders, names not given: Official

A number of leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood were arrested, an official said, after security forces began clearing a camp of Cairo protesters who were demanding the reinstatement of Mursi.
 
"We have arrested a number of Brotherhood leaders but it's too early to announce their names," General Abdel Fattah Othman, a senior official in the Interior Ministry, told the privately-owned CBC TV channel.

Morsi supporters torch church in central Egypt: agency

Supporters of Mohamed Morsi torched a church in central Egypt in a reprisal attack as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, MENA state news agency said.
 
The assailants threw firebombs at Mar Gergiss church in Sohag, a city with a large community of Coptic Christians who comprise up to 10 percent of Egypt's 84 million people, causing it to burn down, the agency said.

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