Hollande summons Egypt envoy over crackdown
AFP · 15 Aug 2013, 10:52
Published: 15 Aug 2013 10:52 GMT+02:00
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Wednesday's violence, which came as security forces stormed the protest camps of supporters of Mohamed Morsi, has left at least 370 dead across Egypt, according to official estimates.
The bloodshed has sparked international condemnation, but Hollande is the first head of state to take the step of summoning its Egyptian representative.
Washington has branded the events in Cairo "deplorable", while EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has urged Egypt's rulers to end a month-long state of emergency imposed in the wake of the crackdown.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday called for "an immediate halt" to the violence and urged the United Nations and its partners to take a joint stand.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Egypt.