Ayman Mohyeldin and Alastair Jamieson
August 6, 2013

The death toll topped 600 Thursday in Egypt in the wake of a violent crackdown on supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that has drawn widespread condemnation from world leaders, including a call from President Obama to cancel a month-long state of emergency.

Obama strongly condemned Egypt’s interim government, saying the United States was canceling a planned joint military operation in protest over bloody clashes that left at least 638 dead and thousands injured.

Responding to Obama’s statements, Egypt’s presidency said in a statement the president’s words were not based on “facts” and will strengthen and encourage violent groups.

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