Two reporters are dead after the Egyptian military began a violent crack-down on protestors this morning in Cairo. XPress, a United Arab Emirates newspaper, reported via Twitter that one of its journalists, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, had been shot dead:
– XPRESS (@XPRESS_UAE) August 14, 2013
SkyTV has also reported that one of their cameramen has been killed in the violence:
SKY TV Arabic confirms that a SKY TV UK cameraman has been killed today in Rabaa al Adawiya. 2nd journalist killed today #egypt
– Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) August 14, 2013
The Wall Street Journal reports more details on the violent military crackdown this Wednesday morning:
Egyptian troops staged a crackdown on protesters that turned deadly Wednesday morning in efforts to clear two antigovernment sit-ins in Cairo, a development that observers worry could plunge the already divided country further into uncontrollable violence.
Reports of the death toll varied. Mohammed Soltan, head of the ambulance authority at the Ministry of Health, said 10 civilians were killed and 98 were injured. The Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of ousted President Mohammed Morsi’sMuslim Brotherhood, said the field hospitals the Brotherhood has set up in the two squares have recorded more than 300 deaths.