Egypt declares emergency as violence spreads – Liveblog

The government is determined to clear the protests.

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Dozens feared killed as Egypt’s security forces disperse pro-Morsi protesters

At least 40 people are feared killed after security forces tried to disperse the thousands of pro-Morsi protesters gathered in two major sit-ins in Egypt.

The interim government in Egypt had warned the protesters that it would use force to disperse them. The protesters had gathered peacefully at Rabaa al- Adawiya in Nasr City and Nahda Square demanding the release and re-instatement of President Mohammed Morsi.

Mr. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President, was removed in a military coup on July 3 after tens of thousands of people protested against his government.

Live footage from Nahda Square showed the square engulfed in smoke as the thousands of protesters there were later completely dispersed.

Sources told Al-Jazeera that at least 40 people have been killed, while the Muslim Brotherhood, which is leading the anti-coup protest, said over 100 people were killed. The Health Ministry has confirmed 9 people have been killed while state TV said security forces were fired at by protesters and that three security officials were killed.

In response to the security operation, the Muslim Brotherhood has urged Egyptians to take to the streets to “stop a massacre”.

“This is not an attempt to disperse, but a bloody attempt to crush all voices of opposition to the military coup,” Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said on Twitter.

Mr. Haddad said the protesters are “calling on Egyptians to take to the streets to stop the massacre,” Haddad said.

There were also reports that snipers opened fire on protesters at Rabaa al-Adawiya square while security forces said the only fired tear gas.

Rabaa al-Adawiya has now been completely surrounded by security forces while protesters said they would not live the sit-in.

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