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149 killed, 1,403 injured across Egypt: health official

At least 149 people were killed and 1,403 injured across Egypt on Wednesday, as the police staged a dispersal operation at two major squares against supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a health official told Xinhua.

"36 people were killed and 321 injured in Cairo's Rabaa al- Adawiya Square in Nasr City, and 16 were killed and 68 injured in Nahda Square in Giza during the police's clear-up," Health Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Fatah-Allah told Xinhua.

Elsewhere, 35 were killed in Fayoum, 45 in Minya, and four in Helwan. In other governorates, such as Suez, Beheira, Sohag, Daqahliya and Asyut, there were also reported death and injury cases, the spokesperson said.

It is difficult for ambulance to reach the site, Rabaa in particular, the source said, adding that all hospitals are totally alert and well prepared to receive and treat the injured.

For his part, Ahmed Aaref, spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, told Xinhua that some 180 protesters were killed and over 7,000 injured, quoting figures he got from a field hospital.

[Source: Xinhua, Cairo, 14Aug13]

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