A country torn apart

A country torn apart


A supporter of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans after being injured during clashes in Cairo's Ramses Square.

Scenes of injury and death have spread across Egypt, a country plunged into turmoil as security forces crack down on those calling for the return of the Islamist leader who was toppled by the military.

. CAIRO, Egypt. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The bloodshed began when security forces moved in to clear the protest camps of thousands of Mursi supporters in Cairo.

They used bulldozers, teargas and bullets, shooting people dead. Clashes between security forces and protesters spread around the country, and casualties mounted.

This poster of Mursi, surrounded by scattered shoes, was among the debris left behind in one of the decimated camps the following day.

. CAIRO, Egypt. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The day after the assault, dead bodies of Mursi supporters lie shrouded in a Cairo mosque, as a man sprays air freshener to mask the smell of decay.

Egypt's health ministry said hundreds were killed in the August 14 onslaught. The Muslim brotherhood put the number in thousands.

. CAIRO, Egypt. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Furious Mursi supporters took to the streets on August 16, denouncing the assault by security forces on protesters.

The army deployed dozens of armoured vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and violence broke out again, with scores of people killed.

With anger mounting, the Brotherhood called for a week of demonstrations across the nation.