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Egypt declares one-month state of emergency

Egypt declares one-month state of emergency

Cairo: A state of emergency has been declared across Egypt, Al-Jazeera reported quoting a presidential statement.

The state of emergency will begin at 4pm local time (14:00 GMT) and will last for a month, the statement said on Wednesday afternoon.

The exceptional measures came as "the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups," the presidency said.

Interim president Adly Mansour "has tasked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens."

The announcement came amid a deadly crackdown by security forces on two Cairo protest camps set up by supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Conflicting reports have emerged over the number of people killed on Wednesday.

The Health Ministry said 95 people were killed in clashes that happened nationwide, with another 974 injured.

However, some members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said the death toll was as high as 2,200, with about 10,000 injured.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said the military has now been given "a mandate by cabinet to play an active role in the crackdown, if the situation escalates, and we have seen that the situation has escalated."

"It is a very worrying situation, and the state of emergency only serves to highlight the very precarious situation."

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