WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – The Egyptian Health Ministry said Thursday that the death toll from clashes between police and supporters of the country’s ousted president had risen to at least 525 and are expected to continue rising.
The ministry also said over than 3,500 people were injured in Wednesday’s violence.
Supporters of Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted in a military coup on July 3, were in two camps when police tried to clear them. That’s when clashes began and spread to other cities within Egypt.
The United States government criticized the Egyptian government’s move to declare a month-long state of emergency and a nighttime curfew in Cairo, Alexandria on the Mediterranean and 12 provinces where violence broke out.
CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata described the streets of Cairo as a “war zone.”
Reuters reports that hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters stormed a government building in Cairo Thursday, setting fire to it.
Wednesday the Obama administration condemned the violence in Egypt.
Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where the Obamas are vacationing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest urged restraint and warned Egyptian officials that the “world is watching” the events unfolding in Cairo.
“The violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy and runs directly counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation,” Earnest said.
Secretary of State John Kerry called the violence a “serious blow” to reconciliation.
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