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Violence Flares In Cairo As Forces Clear Protest Camps

A security crackdown on two protest camps in Cairo turned deadly on August 14 as forces tried to disperse and detain supporters of deposed Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi. At least 56 people have been reported killed, and the death toll is expected to rise. RFE/RL Radio Free Iraq correspondent Ahmed Ragab filed these photos from the scene of the clashes.

Police lead away supporters of deposed President Muhammad Morsi on Nahda Square.
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Police lead away supporters of deposed President Muhammad Morsi on Nahda Square.

Security forces surround protesters detained at one of the protest camps.
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Security forces surround protesters detained at one of the protest camps.

The remains of burned tents and vehicles litter the site of the camp.
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The remains of burned tents and vehicles litter the site of the camp.

A police officer accompanies a supporter of Morsi as forces dispersed the protesters.
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A police officer accompanies a supporter of Morsi as forces dispersed the protesters.

Security forces search a weapons cache which they said was found at the protest camp.
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Security forces search a weapons cache which they said was found at the protest camp.

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The remnants of the protesters' camp
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The remnants of the protesters' camp

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A stage burns at the sit-in camp near the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque.
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A stage burns at the sit-in camp near the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque.

This Morsi supporter was injured in clashes between protesters and security forces. Some protesters wore gas masks to protect themselves from tear gas.
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This Morsi supporter was injured in clashes between protesters and security forces. Some protesters wore gas masks to protect themselves from tear gas.

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