15 August 2013

Latest News From Egypt...

  • Egypt's interim government has imposed a month long state of emergency across the country today 
  • Muslim Brotherhood has claimed that 2,200 have been killed today and more than 5,000 have been injured so far
  • Many of the group's leaders have been arrested by police in Cairo including Mohammed al-Beltagi
  • The group has claimed that al-Beltagi's 17-year-old daughter was killed in today's violence
  • The Egyptian Health Ministry has put the death toll at 149 with 526 injured in a statement this afternoon
  • Snipers spotted on rooftops close to the two protest camps and reports claim that machine-gun fire has been heard
  • Violence is said to have spread outside of Cairo to Nile cities of Minya, Assiut and Fayoum where nine have died 
  • Five people were also killed when protestors tried to storm a government building in Suez
  • It is thought that a church was firebombed and set alight in Minya, some 250km from Cairo
  • Egyptian vice president Mohamed Elbaradel is reported to have resigned following the outbreak of violence
  • Travel advice for Britons is changed by Foreign Office, and EU, Iran, Turkey and Germany condemn violence
  • Foreign Secretary William Hague released a statement condemning the use of force to remove protestors
  • Tourist sites such as the Pyramids at Giza and branches of the Egyptian Central Bank have been closed today