Updated at 3:55pm: At least 525 people were killed in Egypt in a day of nationwide violence sparked by a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi, the health ministry said Thursday.
Meanwhile, Egyptian judicial authorities extended deposed Mursi’s detention period for 30 days, the state news agency said on Thursday.
At least 421 civilians died in Wednesday’s violence, ministry spokesman Mohammed Fathallah said.
He said 202 people had been killed in the main Rabaa al-Adawiya camp which pro-Mursi protesters had occupied for weeks.
At the smaller of the two encampments in Nahda square, 57 people were killed and 227 died in the rest of the country, he said.
Police and troops used bulldozers, teargas and live fire to clear out the two Cairo sit-ins that had become a hub of Muslim Brotherhood resistance to the military after it deposed Mursi on July 3.
The interior ministry said 43 policemen had also been killed.
A health ministry official said more than 2,000 people were injured in fighting in Cairo, Alexandria and numerous towns and cities around the country.
The Muslim Brotherhood said the true death toll was far higher, with a spokesman saying 2,000 people had been killed in a “massacre.” It was impossible to verify the figures independently given the extent of the violence.