CAIRO, Aug 14, 2013 (AFP)
Egypt declared a month-long state of emergencyÂ Wednesday as violence raged across the country following a crackdown onÂ supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
The nationwide state of emergency, announced by a presidency statement readÂ out on state television, began at 4:00 pm (1400 GMT).
The exceptional measures came as “the security and order of the nation faceÂ danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildingsÂ and the loss of life by extremist groups,” the presidency said.
Interim president Adly Mansour “has tasked the armed forces, in cooperationÂ with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order
and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens.”The statement read out on television did not spell out any specificÂ measures that might be taken.
The emergency was imposed as clashes raged around the country after police moved in to disperse two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.Â Â At least 124 were killed in the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp alone, according toÂ an AFP count.
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