World Bulletin / News Desk
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke out on Thursday against the violence in Egypt, condemning a military crackdown there and saying the United States had canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month.
"The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government and security forces," Obama said from his vacation home on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.
"We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest."
EU to hold meeting to discuss Egypt
17:28 -European Union foreign ministers are likely to meet next week to discuss Egypt after security forces raided two protest camps in Cairo on Wednesday, killing hundreds of people, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Thursday.
"We tried to mediate together with the United States, but it failed because the military accepted no compromises," Bonino said in comments to website Affaritaliani.it. "A meeting of EU foreign ministers is foreseen for Monday or Tuesday."
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the meeting had not yet been finalised because there had not yet been a response from all the foreign offices, but said one was "likely".
Obama to make statement about Egypt
16:18 - US President Barack Obama make a statement about Egypt at 10:15 am. EDT (1415)
Hundreds of Broterhood members march in Alexendria
16:01 - Hundreds of Muslim Broterhood members march in Egyptian city of Alexendria to protest against break-up of pro-Morsi sit-in.
Egyptian authorities extend deposed Morsi's detention for 30 days
14:37 - Egyptian authorities extended deposed Morsi's detention for 30 days.
France summons Egyptian ambassador over massacre
12:54- French President Francois Hollande summoned Egypt's Ambassador in Paris Mohamed Moustafa Kamal after the Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi sit-ins.
Holding a meeting at Elysee Palace early Thursday, Hollande has expressed the country's "serious concern" over the bloody crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters.
“The right to peaceful protest must be respected. This right comes with it, of course, the need for protesters to carry themselves in a peaceful manner. Everything must be done to prevent civil war,” Hollande said according to the statement released by the Elysee Palace.
Hollande also added France was committed to finding a political solution and called for elections to be held as soon as possible, according to the statement.
Broterhood plans march for Thursday afternoon in Cairo
"Marches are planned this afternoon from Al-Iman mosque to protest the deaths," the group said in a statement.
Doctors need new morgue to house Rabaa dead
12:10 -Doctors at a newly-installed makeshift hospital hundreds of meters away from Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square urged authorities to provide more space to house the bodies of slain supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
"We urge the Forensic Authority to provide a new morgue after Zenhom [Cairo's main morgue] has been over flooded with bodies," a doctor, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Anadolu Agency.
The Iman Mosque in Nasr City has 350 bodies and the place is not equipped to host dead bodies for a long time, he said.
"Many of the bodies were found burnt in the tents and side streets over the past few hours," said the doctor, noting that many of the bodies are charred beyond recognition.
Egypt closes Rafah crossing over 'security' reasons
11:13 - Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip until further notice.
"Egyptian authorities notified us that the crossing would be closed in both directions as of Thursday and until further notice because of the deteriorating security situation," Maher Abu Sabha, the director of borders and crossing in the Gaza government, told the Anadolu Agency.
Cairo's Mosque has 310 pro-Morsi bodies, says imam
09:55 - A mosque in the vicinity of Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square had so far received 310 bodies of slain supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the mosque's imam told the Anadolu Agency.
Mohamed Noseri added that hundreds of relatives of people missing in the forcible dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in flocked to the mosque to search for and identify the bodies of their beloved ones.
An AA reporter on the scene said a state of shock and sadness cast its shadow on the mosque as many failed to identify their relatives whether because they were not there or because the bodies were too disfigured after being burnt.
"Many of the corpses are burnt, either completely or partially," witnesses said.
Amnesty International says "security forces must avoid further bloodshed" in Egypt
05:28 - Amnesty International on Wednesday said that security forces must take urgent steps to avoid further bloodshed as pro-Morsi sit-ins were dispersed in Cairo and added that the organization had been working on the ground to verify any abuses that may have been carried out.
“Promises by the authorities to use lethal methods only as a last resort to disperse protesters appear to have been broken. All too often in the past the Egyptian security forces have used excessive force against demonstrators with catastrophic consequences,” said Philip Luther, Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
Luther added, “security forces have a duty to prevent further loss of life. This must be an immediate priority”.
The organization also noted that "access to the main hospital in the area near the sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya is also reported to be restricted".
“As an immediate step, any injured protesters must be granted unimpeded access to medical treatment. The authorities must also ensure safe exit for anyone wishing to leave the sit-in,” said Luther.