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Egyptian police crackdown on protest camps

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Palestinian supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi protest against the violence in the Egyptian capital on August 14, 2013, in Gaza City. Getty Images

At least 149 people were killed and 1,400 injured in Egypt Wednesday, in one of the deadliest days that country has seen since the revolution. Egyptian security forces moved in with tear gas, gunfire and bulldozers sweeping away two sit-in camps of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The actions lead to wider violence in the capital and other provinces.

Egypt’s Vice President and pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei resigned in protest saying he doesn’t want to be held responsible for “a single drop of blood,” as the military imposed a month-long state of emergency and nighttime curfew. The violence has been condemned by other predominantly Muslim countries in the region, as well as by the United States, which warned Egypt's military-backed interim government that “the world is watching.”

What does the escalating violence and unrest mean for Egypt’s ability to move forward?


Max Rodenbeck, Chief Middle East correspondent, The Economist, based in Cairo

Jeffrey Martini, Middle East analyst at the RAND Corporation

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