Cairo 16th August 2013 : The official death toll from the crackdown on former president Mursi supporters rose to 638 this morning. At least 623 people died and thousands were wounded on Wednesday when police cleared out two protest camps in Cairo.
It was the third mass killing supporters of Mursi since his ousting. “After the blows and arrests and killings that we are facing, emotions are too high to be guided by anyone,” said Gehad El-Haddad, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman.
Muslim Brotherhood has called for “a Friday of Anger” in towns and villages across Egypt.
The National Salvation Front (NSF), called on Egyptians to protest on Friday against what it said was “obvious terrorism actions” conducted by Muslim Brotherhood.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday signaling his displeasure at the worst bloodshed in Egypt for generations, normal cooperation with Cairo could not continue and announced the cancellation of military exercises with Egypt next month.
“We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest,” said Obama.
The United States renewed a warning to its citizens to leave Egypt because of the ongoing unrest. It issued the same advice in July.