Over 200 dead after Egypt security crackdown

Aug 14, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi capture an Egyptian security forces vehicle at the Ministry of Finance in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
(AP Photo/Mohsen Nabil)

The July 3 military-backed ouster of President Mohammed Morsi added yet more uncertainty to the nation's already-unsettled internal situation. Wednesday, the new government -- under interim President Adli Mansour, whose authority is supported by that of army Commander-in-Chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi -- unleashed its security forces against encampments of protesters demanding the return to power of the deposed Islamist.


At least 278 have been killed in clashes nationwide. Turkey (governed by an Islamist party) weighed in, asking the U.N. to stop what it called a massacre; Iran has condemned the violence; foreign journalists have died in the chaos; liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned from the Mansour government in protest over the crackdown; Europe has urged Egyptian factions to show restraint. The government has arrested senior Brotherhood politicians and is imposing a one-month state of emergency -- a move opposed by the United States.  Expect in the near term a further tightening of Egypt’s security state and more fence-straddling from the U.S. government on the question of aid and the legitimacy of the al-Sisi/Mansour administration.