Egyptians still shocked as death toll mounts

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Egyptians are still shocked by the extent of violence and bloodshed following yesterday's carnage that took place when security forces broke up two camps of Muslim Brotherhood protesters who were demanding President Mohammed Morsi's reinstatement. Egypt's Ministry of Health says at least 525 people were killed in the violence including dozens police force. Wednesday day has been the labeled the bloodiest since the ouster of Mubarak in 2011. The chaos and violence that gripped the country following the breakup of the sit-ins promoted interim president Mansour Adly to declare a state of emergency for 30 days and a curfew extending for 7pm to 6 am every day in 14 governorates. In two separate press conferences the prime minister and minister of interior said the sit-ins offered a challenge to the rule of law in the country and could not be tolerated any more. Outside Cairo and specifically in the south, attacks on churches and Christian owned business were rampant, leaving over 30 churches and facilities destroyed, raising criticism against security forces. Tens of police stations around the country have come under attack since Wednesday's brutal crackdown. Mohamed ElBaradie resigned as Egypt's interim vice president citing that he can not bare the responsibility of decisions he does not agree with. His resignation drew criticism from the National Salvation front and other secular and liberal political bodies for leaving at a critical time. On the other hand, Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi mourned the heavy death toll and regrouped near the site of the Raba'a sit-in and called for marches across the country in defiance of the emergency law and what they described as a bloodbath. The violence drew strong condemnation from the international community. UN Security general Ban Ki Moon urged Egyptians to focus on reconciliation. A number of European countries including Britain and France have summoned Egyptian Ambassadors to express concern over the situation. Egypt has been in a deep state of polarization for sometime now but the level of violence in breaking up the sit-ins has brought the country to the brink of civil war.

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