August 16th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Ruthless Government Crackdown in Egypt Kills Hundreds & Injures Thousands

A government building in Cairo, stormed and set of fire. Dozens of churches throughout Egypt, attached and torched.

For Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsy, a nationwide attack on state buildings and Christian targets appears to be payback for Wednesday's ruthless government crackdown that crushed their 6-week long sit-in demonstration against Egypt's military backed interim leadership, CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

The ferocious crackdown killed hundred, injured thousands and turned a Cairo mosque into a makeshift morgue where outraged and grief stricken families mourned in disbelief.

The bloodshed sparked condemnation around the world.

President Obama stopped short of cutting 1.5 billion dollars in annual aid to Egypt – a critical U.S. ally – but he canceled next month's joint military exercises with the Egyptian army, and delivered a sharp rebuke.

Egypt's leaders continue to defend the crackdown as a necessary step to stabilize the nation and transition into democracy.

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