15 killed as Egypt security forces clear pro-Morsi rallies, Muslim Brotherhood says

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from NBCNews.com,

At least 15 people were killed early Wednesday as Egyptian security forces began to clear protest camps for supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood official said.

Two hundred people were arrested, according to country’s interior ministry.

Eyewitness Ahshur Abid also told Reuters that he saw 15 bodies at a field hospital at one of the camps, at which Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been demanding Morsi’s reinstatement.

The state news agency said security forces had started implementing a phased plan to disperse the protesters.

In a statement, the interior ministry said two police officers had been killed and nine injured by live ammunition. It said 150 arrestes were made at a sit-in camp at Nahda, and 50 at a similar site in Rabaa.

Only tear gas had been used to clear the camps, it said.

At the biggest camp in northeast Cairo, security forces fired tear gas as police helicopters circled above and army vehicles were stationed nearby. Gunshots were also heard.

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