578 killed in Egypt day of carnage: health ministry

CAIRO, Qahirah, Aug 15, 2013 (AFP)

At least 578 people were killed in the violence that swept Egypt Wednesday, the health ministry said, with more than 300 of them losing their lives after police assaults on Cairo sit-ins.

The death toll included 43 policemen and 318 protesters killed in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda square protest camps, senior health ministry official Khaled al-Khatib told AFP Thursday.

In total, 535 civilians died nationwide.

The policemen died in clashes with the protesters in Cairo and in attacks on police stations around the country.

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