Roundup of today's news
Here is a summary of headlines from some of the day’s major developments.
- Egypt’s Health Ministry raised the civilian death toll in Wednesday’s clashes to 235, bringing the total number of dead to 278, according to the Associated Press. Events turned violent after security forces used bulldozers to storm and dismantle two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
- Egyptian officials said that several senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested, including Mohamed el-Beltagy, whose 17-year old daughter was shot and killed Wednesday morning.
- Two journalists were killed and at least a dozen more were injured, arrested or threatened during the violent clashes. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it has documented at least 78 assaults on journalists in Egypt from August 2012 until Morsi’s removal from office in early July.
- Numerous reports and images emerged of churches that have been attacked and burned elsewhere in the country.
- Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei resigned, saying, “It has become difficult for me to hold responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with, whose consequences I fear.”
- The Egyptian presidency declared a state of emergency for one month, starting 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The government also imposed a nighttime curfew in Cairo and other key provinces, to be in force from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time.