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Deadly Day in Egypt

3:16 PM, Aug 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Wall Street Journal reports:

Egypt's efforts to end Muslim Brotherhood protests turned deadly Wednesday morning, with more than 190 people killed across the country in violence set off when police, later backed by Egyptian soldiers, moved in against two antigovernment sit-ins in Cairo.

The move to clear supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi, which had been anticipated since his ouster by the military on July 3, set off violent upheaval across Cairo. Protesters tried to storm police stations across Egypt's capital, while entire neighborhoods succumbed to fighting between neighbors on opposite sides of the political divide, an early taste of the bloodshed that has been feared for weeks by many Egyptians. Several observers worried that the violence has spiraled out of control and taken on sectarian shadings.

Egypt's interim president declared a monthlong national state of emergency to start Wednesday afternoon.

Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and secular leader in the interim government, resigned to protest the violent crackdown. Mr. ElBaradei had butted heads with the powerful chief of Egypt's military, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, over the standoff with Mr. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood supporters, said officials familiar with the matter.

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