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At least 60 killed across country in Egypt clashes

August 16th, 2013 2:00 pm by AYA BATRAWY,Associated Press; TONY G. GABRIEL,Associated Press

At least 60 killed across country in Egypt clashes

Egyptians lay on the ground after being injured during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Ramses Square in Cairo, Egypt.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

CAIRO (AP) — Security officials in Egypt say the death toll in clashes across the country has risen to at least 60 people killed.

The security officials told The Associated Press that 52 civilians and eight police officers died across the country Friday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Violence erupted after protesters took to the streets Friday, responding to the Muslim Brotherhood's call following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when security officials raided two sit-in protests organized by the group. The protests Friday descended into violence when supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with armed vigilantes.

The protesters launched their demonstrations in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency.

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