Bloodshed as security forces clear Morsi protests - as it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

Bloodshed as security forces clear Morsi protests - as it happened

The Independent's Alastair Beach reports from the frontline

  • A curfew will soon be in place in Cairo and several other provinces in Egypt. Our main article at will be updated later with Alastair Dawber's eyewitness account from Cairo. 

    8/14/2013 5:41:45 PM
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Cairo's Mohandessin neighborhood, Egypt (AP)

    8/14/2013 11:49:04 AM
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood run from tear gas smoke shot by police to disperse a pro-Morsi camp (AFP/Getty Images)

    8/14/2013 11:53:09 AM
  • Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi flee from tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police (Reuters)

    8/14/2013 11:55:04 AM

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  • Iran condemns attack by Egyptian security forces on Muslim Brotherhood supporters
    8/14/2013 12:00:02 PM
  • 12:55 Heavy bursts of automatic gunfire have been ringing through the streets of eastern Cairo this morning as the Egyptian authorities began removing pro-Morsi supporters from their huge protest camp in Nasr City, a suburb of the capital. Current estimates say that at least 30 are dead and many more injured.
    8/14/2013 12:01:10 PM
  • After a softly worded Foreign Office statement earlier in the day, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the use of force by Egyptian security forces in clearing the pro-Morsi sit-in. 

    "I am deeply concerned at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt, and regret the loss of life on all sides. 

    The UK has been closely involved in intensive diplomatic efforts directed at reaching a peaceful resolution to the standoff. 

    I am disappointed that compromise has not been possible. I condemn the use of force in clearing protests and call on the security forces to act with restraint.

    Leaders on all sides must work to reduce the risk of further violence. Only then will it be possible to take vital steps towards dialogue and reconciliation."

    8/14/2013 12:02:49 PM
  • An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from going forward as Egypt's military begin clearing protesters from camps (AFP)

    8/14/2013 12:05:26 PM
  • 13:06 Morsi supporters have attacked at least two police stations in Fayoum, setting fire to police vehicles outside one, according to witnesses. Reuters have reported clashes outside the provincial governor's offices.
    8/14/2013 12:08:27 PM
  • Alastair Beach hosted a live Q&A on 6 August on the Cairo crisis. Read his reponses at
    8/14/2013 12:12:42 PM
  • 13:12 Egypt's Interior Ministry has claimed on state media that six of its security members have been killed and 66 left injured whilst clearing the pro-Morsi sit-ins
    8/14/2013 12:14:47 PM
  • 13.10 The Muslim Brotherhood are reporting that the 17-year-old daughter of one of its leading politicians, Mohamed al-Beltagy, has been killed.  
    8/14/2013 12:15:21 PM
  • Members of the Egyptian security forces point to a box of glass bottles believed to be prepared for Molotov cocktails as they move in to clear one of the two sit-in sites of supporters of ousted president Morsi supporters near the Rabaa Adawiya mosque, in Cairo (EPA)

    8/14/2013 12:21:15 PM
  • 13:30 British Embassy has announced Cairo office will be shut today and tomorrow. They said they will review whether to remain closed on Sunday.
    8/14/2013 12:31:54 PM
  • Makeshift wooden huts burn at a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as Egyptian security forces clear the camp near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district (AP)

    8/14/2013 12:35:35 PM

  • 13.38  Alex Ortiz, a producer for CBS news in Cairo, tweets:

    8/14/2013 12:39:22 PM
  • 13:41 Health Ministry says 56 people have been killed and 526 injured in the clashes. Muslim Brotherhood are still reporting hundreds dead
    8/14/2013 12:42:54 PM
  • 13.40 AFP Middle East Correspondent Sara Hussein reports that a tally of the dead by AFP reporters on the ground currently stands at 124 people. This number may rise significantly when bodies from other areas are counted. 

    8/14/2013 12:44:02 PM
  • Egyptian security forces detain supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district (AP)

    8/14/2013 12:44:17 PM
  • A protester comforts a wounded colleague as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in by Morsi supporters (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)

    8/14/2013 12:49:24 PM
  • A police vehicle is pushed off the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo (AP)

    8/14/2013 12:55:41 PM
  • 14:01 An Egyptian Health Ministry official has said five people have been killed in the city of Suez when Morsi supporters tried to storm a building there
    8/14/2013 1:03:46 PM
  • 14:04 Sky News have confirmed their cameraman Mick Deane has been shot and killed in Egypt this morning. He worked for Sky for 15 years.
    8/14/2013 1:05:55 PM
  • 14.21 The prime minister David Cameron comments on the death of Sky News camera man Mick Deane.

    8/14/2013 1:22:23 PM
  • A ripped poster depicting ousted Egyptian president Morsi hangs on the jaw of a bulldozer as the clearing of one of the two sit-in sites of supporters of Morsi takes place in Nahda square, near the Cairo University (EPA)

    8/14/2013 1:23:34 PM
  • 14:26 A nurse at a hospital in Cairo says that the death toll has risen to 60. Nahla Haddad said: "We have 60 bodies here and we are expecting the death toll to rise".
    8/14/2013 1:28:29 PM
  • 14.31 Former US State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley, who might well have found himself trying to answer for the US support to Egypt's military had he not resigned from his post last year, tweets: 

    8/14/2013 1:33:34 PM
  • A man looks at bodies laid out in a make shift morgue after Egyptian security forces stormed two huge protest camps at the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares where supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were camped in Cairo (Getty)

    8/14/2013 1:36:56 PM
  • 14:37 U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bloodshed following the Egyptian security officials decision to remove protesters demanding the reinstatement of Morsi.
    8/14/2013 1:40:57 PM

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  • 14.56 The Egypt Independent reports that the state of emergency across Egypt will begin imminently. 

    8/14/2013 1:57:28 PM
  • A young man mourns next to the bodies of protesters killed during the clearing of the sit-in near Rabaa Adawiya mosque, Cairo (EPA)

    8/14/2013 2:06:33 PM
  • 15:10 Egypt's health ministry said its official death toll has risen to 95 people, with 874 wounded. Ministry spokesman Hamdi Abdel Karim said: ""The dead are both from police and civilians. We are waiting to get more details." The Muslim Brotherhood reports around 800 dead.
    8/14/2013 2:12:13 PM
  • 15:15 Egypt's interim president has declared a month-long state of emergency to combat the worsening violence. A statement from the office of President Adly Mansour said it took effect at 4pm (3pm BST). It didn't provide many details but said Mansour had ordered the armed forces to support the police in their efforts to restore law and order and protect state facilities.
    8/14/2013 2:17:27 PM
  • 15.30 The Washington Post's Cairo bureau chief, Abigail Hauslohner, notes that Egyptians are no strangers to emergency laws. 

    8/14/2013 2:31:37 PM
  • 15:31 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the violence used by Egyptian security forces to clear demonstrators supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi. A statement from a spokesman said: "It appears that hundreds of people were killed or wounded in clashes between security forces and demonstrators. The Secretary-General believes firmly that violence and incitement from any side are not the answers to the challenges Egypt faces."
    8/14/2013 2:34:35 PM
  • A general view shows smoke rising from Rabaa Adawiya square during the clearing of one of the two sit-ins of ousted president Morsi supporters, near Rabaa Adawiya mosque, Cairo (EPA)

    8/14/2013 2:59:48 PM
  • 16:07 White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest is due to give a press conference on events in Egypt now.
    8/14/2013 3:11:34 PM
  • 16:12 News agency Reuters confirm one of their photographers has been shot in the foot and is receiving treatment.
    8/14/2013 3:13:30 PM
  • 16.31 US Senator John McCain, the former presidential candidate Republican Party's most prominent foreign policy thinker, criticises John Kerry's response to the military takeover that precipitated this current crisis. 

    8/14/2013 3:34:40 PM
  • Deputy Press Secretary for the White House Josh Earnest said during a press conference: 
    There is no question that the violence we saw overnight is a step in the wrong direction. They are not currently following through on their promise to transition back to a democratically elected government. [...] They need to get back on a path of respecting the human rights of their people. 
    We are continuing to review our posture and our assistance of the Egyptians. I think what we announced a few weeks back is that we had arrived at the conclusion that we would not make a final determination on the coup. We will pursue our conversation with the interim government in Egypt, [..] to hold them accountable. These are all actions that will encourage them to respect human rights, to reflect the will of the Egyptian people.

    8/14/2013 3:42:22 PM
  • 16:43 Four Egyptian policemen have been shot dead by Morsi supporters in a Western suburb of Cairo on Wednesday, according to state TV. A number of police stations and government buildings across the country were attacked after security forces moved in on protesters, Reuters have reported.
    8/14/2013 3:45:34 PM
  • An Egyptian security force kicks a supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district (AP)

    8/14/2013 3:50:46 PM
  • 16:54 Egypt's interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned over the violence, according to Reuters.
    8/14/2013 3:55:30 PM
  • 16:59 Egypt's official news agency says 149 people have been killed in clashes across the nation between supporters of the ousted Islamist president and security forces. Health Ministry spokesman is quoted as saying 1,403 people have been wounded.
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  • 17:09 Reuters journalist Crispian Balmer tweets:
    "Elbaradei says there were peaceful options for ending Egypt's political crisis - resignation letter to president"
    8/14/2013 4:10:12 PM
  • 149 people dead and  1,403 people wounded, says health ministry

    8/14/2013 4:17:23 PM
  • Egypt's state TV says police have seized full control of second pro-Morsi camp in Cairo (AP)

    8/14/2013 4:26:39 PM
  • A protester comforts a wounded colleague after Egyptian security forces began to clear a sit-in by supporters of Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo (AP)

    8/14/2013 4:28:59 PM

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  • 18.06 The White House condemned a violent crackdown on protesters in Egypt on Wednesday and strongly opposed the declaration of a state of emergency made by Egypt's military leaders. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest gave no indication that the United States is prepared to immediately cut off its $1.3 billion in military assistance to Egypt. He did say, however, that U.S. aid to Egypt is under review, as it has been for weeks. (Reuters)

    8/14/2013 5:07:20 PM
  • Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the floor of a makeshift hospital (AP)

    8/14/2013 5:11:52 PM
  • Bloodshed in Egypt: how will it end? Your questions answered. READ Alastair Beach's responses in his highly informative Q&A from 6 August.

    8/14/2013 5:18:19 PM
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