Deadly violence rocks Egypt


Conditions in Cairo and much of Egypt have been precarious for quite a while, culminating in the military ousting the country’s elected president last month, and the nation’s capital “descended into a chaotic bloodbath” today after Egyptian security forces “sent bulldozers into protest camps set up by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.”

A month-long nationwide state of emergency was declared, and a nighttime curfew imposed in some areas, as the interim government tried to restore order.

At least 149 people were killed and 1,403 injured, the country’s health ministry said, but the toll looked certain to rise as unrest spread from Cairo to other parts of the country.

Among the dead are two Western journalists, with many more reporters injured and/or detained.

Interim government minister Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned, and a wide variety of countries, including the United States, have forcefully condemned the violence. The NBC News report added that the U.S. Embassy has been closed, Egypt’s stock exchange was suspended, and train services have been halted.