Photos: Violence Erupts As the Government Clears Pro-Morsi Protests in Egypt

The bloodiest crackdown since the Arab Spring.


Yesterday, Egyptian security forces launched a scorched-earth offensive against backers of ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. More than 500 people died and at least 3,300 were injured in the crackdown—the deadliest since Morsi’s ouster.

 

Pro-Morsi demonstrators don gas masks. 
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Morsi supporters rally to protest his ouster.
Ahmed Asad/ZUMA
 

An injured protester in the camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya
Abdallah Adel/ZUMA
 

The charred remains of a vehicle in Cairo’s Nasr City
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

Morsi supporters clash with government loyalists at Nahda Square.
Nameer Galal/NurPhoto/ZUMA
 

A fire rages in a protest tent.
Ahmed Asad/APA Images/ZUMA
 

Abandoned vehicles in central Cairo
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An Egyptian woman mourns in what’s left of the camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

Policemen carry a wounded officer.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

Bloody concrete outside a tent in the camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

A policeman with swimming goggles on guard near the camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

Demonstrators help a wounded man near the camp at Raba’a al-Adaweya.
Li Muzi/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

An Egyptian man kisses his dead brother inside al-Eman mosque.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

An Egyptian man sits beside the body of a dead relative inside al-Eman mosque.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

A visitor surveys the devastation inside Raba’a al-Adaweya mosque.
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

A charred copy of the Koran
Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua/ZUMA
 

A Malaysian girl prays while holding a poster of Morsi during a rally outside the Egyptian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Najjua Zulkefli/ZUMA
 

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