August 14, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said events in Egypt were “deplorable” but Egyptian officials defended a crackdown on protests in which hundreds were killed.

As a nationwide state of emergency was declared, clashes between police and protesters demanding reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi left at least 235 civilians and 43 police officers dead, the BBC reported. The Muslim Brotherhood, which backed Morsi, put the death toll at more than 2,000.

Egyptian police said they’ve taken control of the protesters’ camps and arrested key Brotherhood leaders.

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