CAIRO (AP) - It's the biggest death toll so far in the unrest that surrounded the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Officials and witnesses say security forces today clashed with Islamists protesting the military's move to push Morsi out of office. When it was over, they say, at least 51 protesters and three members of the security forces were dead.
The violence took place outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo. There are conflicting accounts on how it began. Morsi's supporters say they were fired upon without provocation. The military says it came under an assault from gunmen first. Witnesses from outside the protest camp said troops appeared to be moving to clear the sit-in and were firing tear gas when gunfire erupted.
Egypt's top Muslim cleric is warning of a "civil war" in the aftermath of today's deadly violence. The cleric (Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb) says he'll stay secluded at home until, in his words, "Everyone shoulders his responsibility to stop the bloodshed."
Meanwhile, an ultraconservative Islamist party that had been talking to the new government about taking part in the political process now says it's withdrawing its support for the transition plan.
And the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm is calling on Egyptians to rise up against the army. Morsi had been a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.
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