Egypt declares monthlong state of emergency

HAMZA HENDAWI, MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press
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Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim president has declared a monthlong state of emergency to combat worsening violence after riot police moved to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

A statement by the office of President Adly Mansour said Wednesday that the state of emergency takes effect at 4 p.m. (1400 GMT, 10 a.m. EDT). It didn’t provide details but says Mansour also ordered the armed forces to support the police in their efforts to restore law and order and protect state facilities.

The Health Ministry, meanwhile, has raised the casualty toll from nationwide clashes nationwide to 95 killed and 874 injured.

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