235 killed in Egypt unrest

Cairo, Aug 15 (IANS) At least 235 people were killed and over 2,000 got injured in clashes across Egypt after police started to disperse supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi at two major sit-in sites, an official said Wednesday.

"The death toll across the country rises to 235, including 43 policemen," Xinhua quoted health ministry spokesperson Mohamed Fatah-Allah as saying.

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said: "The protesters were given complete opportunity for diplomatic solution, but in vain."

"We cleared up the sit-ins with the least losses," he added.

The Egyptian security forces Wednesday started the clean up operation at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City and Nahda Square in Giza. The pro-Morsi protesters had been sitting in there for some 45 days.

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