CAIRO - In a massacre compared to Tiananmen Square, scores of Egyptian civilian people have been killed early on Wednesday, August 14, as Egyptian security forces moved in to clear two protest camps occupied by peaceful supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo.
According to Anadolu Agency, death toll in Egyptian capital Cairo rose to 50 after police assault on anti-coup sit-in. At least 200 people have been injured.
Al-Jazeera satellite channel however, put the death toll at 120.
The attack occurred early on Wednesday when security forces began dispersing on anti-coup demonstrators in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.
Heavy smoke rose from squares as operations of the security forces kicked off with snipers' heavy fire, AA said.
Live broadcasts from the square were cut as well as signals of the communication lines were blocked by jammer devices.
The interior ministry issued a statement saying security forces were taking "necessary measures" against the protest at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in the east of Cairo and the protest in Nahda Square in the west.
The statement said a safe exit would be provided for protesters and they would not be pursued, "except those who are wanted by the prosecution".
The Nahda Square camp near Cairo University has now been completely cleared, according to the ministry.
The protesters want Morsi, ousted by the military on 3 July, reinstated.
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