The death toll from a crackdown Wednesday by Egyptian security forces on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi is under dispute, with authorities saying at least 15 people were killed and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood putting the number slain at no less than 200.
The Health Ministry thus far has confirmed 15 dead and 203 wounded in the police operation to dismantle two makeshift Cairo camps set up by Morsi's Islamist supporters, state television reported.
The Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi belonged until becoming president in June 2012, said for its part that at least 200 of its supporters were dead and thousands were wounded in the police assault.
The Interior Ministry put the number of police casualties at 33, including five dead, in the raid on the camps.
Most of the bloodshed occurred at the camp located near the Rabia al-Adawiyya Mosque in eastern Cairo, while the raid on the Nahda camp in western Cairo scattered the protesters.
In addition, at least two people died Wednesday in Islamist protests at Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud Square against the police operation to dismantle the camps.
The Brotherhood said "Interior Ministry snipers" had opened fire on the demonstrators in Mustafa Mahmoud.
The protests against the dismantling of the camps have spread to different parts of the country, where clashes and disturbances were ongoing. The total number of victims in the widespread fighting remains unclear.
Morsi's Islamist supporters have held protests in east Cairo since his ouster in a July 3 coup, when the armed forces suspended the constitution that he enacted during his abbreviated term in office and named Adly Mansour, the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as interim head of state pending fresh elections.
The military acted following 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