SA condemns violence in Egypt

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has condemned the violence in Egypt, calling on security forces to use restraint when dealing with peaceful protests.

Egypt is under a state of emergency, after more than 500 people were killed when security forces and the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi clashed yesterday.

Military videos from Wednesday showed a bulldozer razing barricades at the sit-ins in Cairo as security forces clashed with demonstrators.

Thousands of Morsi supporters had camped at two sites in the capital and vowed not to leave the streets until the deposed leader is reinstated.

Authorities ended the six-week stand-off with a show of force that defied international pleas for restraint.

The clampdown on the camps evoked violence across Egypt.

In the restive northern Sanai, a Coptic Christian Church was attacked and looted, allegedly by pro-Morsi demonstrators.

- eNCA

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