According to Egypt‘s health ministry, the deathtoll from the violent raids on pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo has reached more than 525 people and global outrage was cascading across media headlines as the country’s military leaders and security forces were blamed for the unnecessary bloodshed.
As Egyptian-American journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous tweeted Thursday morning:
Speaking to Democracy Now! Thursday morning, Kouddous said the “smell of death” was heavy across Cairo and that yesterday’s events—the most violent in all his years of covering Egypt—would have repercussions for the country’s political future not for just years, “but for decades” or more.
Though the White House condemned the violence, no mention was made about altering a decision recently made to continue military aid to the nation despite the military takeover.
Twitter reports, including photos, from correspondents and witnesses on the ground in Cairo continued to provide the most up-to-date coverage of events. [Warning: graphic images contained in twitter stream]:
In makeshift morgues around the city, the odor of bodies made the air heavy. The Independent’s Alastair Beach tweeted:
Aerial footage from above Cairo showed the impact of a series of fires that began amid the bloodshed on Wednesday:
And many reported on the prevalence of charred bodies in separate areas across Cairo, such as this:
Following a defense of the attacks by interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi members of the Muslim Brotherhood called for a new unity march in defiance of the ruling government.
El-Beblawi said the decision to send state security forces into the camps “was not easy” and put the blame on the protesters.
“We found that matters had reached a point that no self respecting state could accept,” he said, citing what he described as “the spread of anarchy and attacks on hospitals and police stations”.
However, almost no reports from the ground support that narrative with most journalists–sympathetic to the politics of the Muslim Brotherhood or not–saying the encampments were peaceful and that violent attacks were instigated by police with “no warning.”
Al-Jazeera collects official responses to Wednesday’s violence from governments around the world here.
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