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UN condemns Egypt violence, says hundreds appear killed or injured

The United Nations says hundreds of people were killed or wounded in Wednesday clashes between security forces and demonstrators

Reuters and Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Aug 2013
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned violence used by Egyptian security forces to clear Cairo of protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

While the United Nations was still gathering information, it appeared that hundreds of people were killed or wounded in clashes between security forces and demonstrators, according to a statement by the secretary-general's spokesperson.

Official figures put the total death toll from Wednesday clashes across Egypt at 55. Senior brotherhood leader, Mohamed El-Beltagi, however, announced that there were at least 300 dead just in the in Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in east of Cairo.

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