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Morsi supporters killed in clashes

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted early Saturday in Cairo between security forces and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, killing at least 38 protesters and overwhelming field hospitals with the wounded, the Health Ministry said, in an outburst of violence that put the possibility of political reconciliation in the deeply divided nation ever further out of reach.

In chaotic scenes that hinted at the scale of the carnage, pools of blood stained the floors of a makeshift hospital near the front lines as doctors struggled to cope with the flood of casualties. The death toll was one of the biggest since the military, spurred on by mass protests, forced Morsi’s government from power more than three weeks ago.

The violence, which raged in the streets near the month-old sit-in held by Morsi’s supporters in east Cairo, is likely to harden the resolve of the ousted leader’s Muslim Brotherhood, which described the latest bloodshed as a “massacre.” On the other side of the political divide, the military-backed interim leadership appears to feel emboldened to move against the Brotherhood following mass rallies on Friday in support of a crackdown against the ousted president and his Islamist allies.

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