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At least 235 people were killed and 2,000 others injured Wednesday in clashes across Egypt after security forces forcibly evicted Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi from two sites in Cairo, the Health Ministry said.

Some of the dead had birdshot or bullet wounds, the ministry's first aid chief, Mohammed Sultan, told state-run news agency Mena.

It is not clear if the figure of 235 includes the 43 police officers the Interior Ministry said were killed in Wednesday's disturbances.

Most of the bloodshed in the capital occurred at the camp located near the Rabia al-Adawiyya Mosque, while at least two people died Wednesday in Islamist protests at Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud Square against the police operation to dismantle the camps.

The Muslim Brotherhood said "Interior Ministry snipers" opened fire on demonstrators.

Protests against the dismantling of the camps spread to other parts of the country, with state television reporting that Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the new Library of Alexandria, the modern incarnation of the ancient center of learning.

While the provisional government imposed a month-long state of emergency and a dusk-to-dawn curfew in 12 of Egypt's 27 provinces, acting Vice President Mohammed ElBaradei resigned.

"It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," the Nobel Peace Prize laureate wrote in a letter to interim head of state Adly Mansour.

Morsi's Islamist supporters have held protests in Cairo since his ouster by the armed forces in a July 3 coup, which followed days of massive anti-government protests.

Critics accused Morsi and the Brotherhood of doing little to address poverty and Egypt's struggling economy, of failing to advance the goals of the 2011 revolution that forced out strongman Hosni Mubarak and of seeking to monopolize power. EFE