Egyptian security forces are besieging a mosque housing dozens of bodies of slain supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi who had fallen during the security forces' violent dispersal of their sit-in Wednesday.
Medics in Iman Mosque in Nasr City, eastern Cairo, said a makeshift morgue inside the mosque received at least 350 bodies, many of them burnt beyond recognition.
Egyptian security troops forcibly dispersed two major protest camps for pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square on Wednesday.
Clashes later flared between angry Morsi supporters and security forces in several provinces nationwide.
The Health Ministry said Thursday that at least 578 people had been killed in the violence, including 228 people in Rabaa and 90 people in Nahda.
The official death toll given by the Health Ministry remains far below figures given by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of pro-Morsi Islamist parties and figures, which has put the number of deaths from the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in alone at some 2,600.
AALast Mod: 16 Ağustos 2013, 09:41