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Egypt crisis: Official death toll passes 500

15 August 2013, 16:02

Cape Town – Egypt says 525 people were killed on Wednesday when security forces stormed Islamist protest camps in Cairo, a BBC report says.

Most of the victims died in the capital but there was violence around the country on the bloodiest day since the pro-democracy uprising two years ago.

The final toll is believed far higher as scores of bodies are not registered. 

Supporters of president Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted last month, say more than 2 000 died.

A state of emergency has been imposed by the interim government, which took power after the army removed Morsi on 3 July.

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