Egypt has declared a month-long state of emergency after scores of people were killed when security forces stormed two protest camps in Cairo.Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood had staged the sit-ins. Police have arrested key Brotherhood members and taken control of the camps. The government says 149 people were killed in the operation. The US condemned the emergency law and appealed for calm. The Muslim Brotherhood says more than 2,000 people died in Wednesday’s violence.
– Curfew in Cairo and other provinces from 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT) to 06:00 local time daily
– Arrest of suspects deemed dangerous to public order
– Army to help police maintain security
– Limited movement of people and traffic
– Surveillance on messages and monitoring of media
– The state of emergency is scheduled to last for a month, and imposes a curfew in Cairo and several other provinces between 7:00pm-6:00am
Police snipers are above the nearby school buildings, shooting any resident hurrying to the square. State news agency Mena says three churches have been attacked, one in the city of Sohag which has a large number of Coptic Christian residents.Supporters of Mr Morsi have been staging street protests since he was ousted on 3 July.The protesters – many of whom are members of Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement – want him to be reinstated. Mr Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president, narrowly winning the presidential vote in June 2012 after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Mr Morsi is currently in custody at an undisclosed location, and has been accused of the “premeditated murder of some prisoners, officers and soldiers” during a prison breakout in 2011.
3 Jul: President Mohammed Morsi deposed by military after mass protests
4 Jul: Pro-Morsi protesters gather at the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda sites in Cairo
27 Jul: More than 70 people killed in clashes with security forces at Rabaa al-Adawiya
14 Aug: Security forces move in to clear both camps
There has been strong international reaction to the storming of the camps. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the events were “deplorable” and “a real blow to reconciliation efforts”. He said the unrest “ran counter to Egyptians’ aspirations to peace and democracy.” “Violence is simply not a solution in Egypt,” he said. “It will not create a roadmap for Egypt’s future. violence and continued political polarisation will further tear the Egyptian economy apart.” A statement issued on behalf of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “We reiterate that violence won’t lead to any solution and we urge the Egyptian authorities to proceed with utmost restraint.” Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the result of the camp clearances as a massacre, accused other countries of paving the way for the violence by staying silent, and called for the UN and the Arab League to act immediately.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the use of force.