My comment: Pray for the people of Egypt. ****Warning some images are disturbing****
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This is the horrifying moment an armoured police vehicle was pushed off a bridge by protestors in Cairo today.
The van plunged off the 6th October Bridge before demonstrators attacked the wreckage. It is not known how many people were on board and how many people survived the fall, but bloodied men were seen lying around the van moments afterwards. Unconfirmed reports on Twitter claimed five were dead.
The dramatic pictures show the van being ambushed by dozens of people before crashing through a protective fence on the bridge. It then falls upside down and then rolls onto its roof as it lands. Blood can then be seen on the ground as nearby police officers pull injured men out of the crushed vehicle.
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An amateur video posted on YouTube shows the van land amid chaotic scenes where hundreds of protestors were clashing with police below the bridge.
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Dozens immediately run over the wreckage and continue to throw stones and missiles at the van while under fire from the security forces.
Egypt was warned tonight that ‘the world is watching’ after scores of people were killed in the Cairo massacre. At least 278 are said to be dead and hundreds more injured after a day of bloody violence sparked when security forces stormed a camp to clear protesters supporting deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
Witnesses said many of those killed were hit by snipers on surrounding rooftops. Heavily-armed police and troops reportedly opened fire with machine guns on thousands of demonstrators, including women and children.
As Egypt descended into bloody violence, videos were broadcast which purported to show burned corpses on streets which resembled a war zone. British TV cameraman Mr Deane, working for Sky, was among those killed in the escalating violence, which provoked global condemnation.
The United States lead urgent calls for restraint warning that ‘the world is watching.’ Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on the U.N. Security Council and Arab League to take immediate steps to stop a ‘massacre’ in Egypt.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the violence is deplorable is a serious blow to reconciliation efforts, adding that it runs counter to Egyptians’ aspirations for peace.
He urged Egypt’s interim leaders to take a step back and calm the situation to avoid further deaths. He also said the U.S. strongly opposes a return to a state of emergency law and that should end as soon as possible.
David Cameron also condemned the violence, saying: ‘What is required in Egypt is a genuine transition to a genuine democracy. That means compromise from all sides – the President Morsi supporters but also the military – that’s what needs to happen.
‘We don’t support this violence, we condemn it completely, it’s not going to solve the problems.’
The Muslim Brotherhood claimed over 2,000 people had been killed and thousands wounded in eight hours of continuous firing while Egyptian authorities said Mr Morsi’s supporters opened fire on security forces.
The exact death toll could not be confirmed but an AFP reporter counted at least 124 bodies in three separate locations around the camp in the capital, with many appearing to have died from gunshot wounds.
Last night Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour declared a month-long state of emergency and night-time curfew in Cairo and ten provinces.
His vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned in protest at the bloody crackdown.
The scale of today’s violence became apparent after graphic accounts of bloodshed emerged from the two protest camps in Cairo where pro-Morsi supporters demanded his reinstatement.
PM LEADS TRIBUTES TO SKY MAN
Tributes have been paid to a Sky News cameraman who was shot dead in Cairo while covering clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters.
Mick Deane, 61, who was married with two sons, died this morning.
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: ‘I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team.’
Head of Sky News John Ryley described Mr Deane as ‘the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky’.
Mr Deane, who had worked for the broadcaster for 15 years including stints in Washington and Jerusalem, was with Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot.
Sky said the rest of the team covering the outbreak of violence in Cairo with him were unhurt.
Witnesses spoke of canisters of teargas raining down on tents in the main camp in the residential area of Nasr City before security forces opened fire in a determined bid to clear the protesters.
As helicopters hovered low above rooftops, they claimed snipers had taken up position on rooftops around the camp outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque before the dawn attack.
Eye-witnesses said security forces used machine guns and assault weapons to clear the protest camp.
Teacher Saleh Abdulazuz, 39, clutching a bleeding wound on his head, said: ‘At 7am they came. Helicopters from the top and bulldozers from below. They smashed through our walls.
‘Police and soldiers, they fired tear gas at children. They continued to fire at protesters even when we begged them to stop.’
Photographs showed a scene of carnage, with burning tyres sending plumes of black smoke filling the sky and fires smouldering in the streets.
In a statement, the Brotherhood said: ‘The world cannot sit back and watch while innocent men, women and children are being indiscriminately slaughtered. The world must stand up to the military junta’s crime before it is too late.’
Also killed at the protest camp was the 17-year-old daughter of Mohammed al-Beltagy, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who later appealed to his countrymen to ‘ take all the squares of Egypt’ and stop the army ‘ turning Egypt into another Syria.’
A second, smaller camp near Cairo University was swiftly cleared this morning. Egypt’s Interior Ministry , which is charge of the police, said its forces came under fire from the camp.
Video footage from a camera on board an Army helicopter was released by officials who said it showed protesters firing on security forces.
Live TV footage on several channels appeared to show hooded Brotherhood gunmen brandishing what appeared to be small automatic rifles and firing them in the direction of security forces.
Violence spread across Egypt yesterday and more than 300 people had already died in political violence since the army overthrew Islamist leader Mr Morsi on July 3.