Egypt: Death toll in weekend violence rises to 80

CAIRO — An Egyptian Health Ministry official says the death toll in weekend clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi has risen to 80.

Khaled el-Khateeb, the head of the ministry’s emergency and intensive care department, provided the new tally Sunday.

An official at Cairo’s main morgue, however, put the toll at 83 after 11 bodies arrived at the facility Sunday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press.

The bloodshed began early Saturday when pro-Morsi protesters sought to expand their sit-in camp by moving onto a nearby boulevard, only to be confronted by police and armed civilians.

It was the deadliest single outbreak of violence since the military ousted Morsi in a July 3 coup.

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