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August 14th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Violence in Cairo as Police Try to Break up Sit-Ins

A promised crackdown operation on protesters in Cairo this morning turned violent.

Police moved in on the two sit-ins around dawn, firing warning shots in the air and demanding the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy leave.

But they refused to go. Now, after hours of fighting, Egyptian officials say at least one demonstration camp has been cleared.

“This place looks like a warzone,” CNN’s Reza Sayah reports from East Cairo, in the midst of the main sit-in that’s been underway for more than six weeks.

There are conflicting claims over just how many people were killed and injured.

The Muslim Brotherhood says hundreds are dead. Egyptian officials say only sixwere killed, dozens more injured.

“It’s not clear who’s doing the shooting,” Sayah says. “It’s a highly charged atmosphere, a lot of people emotional.”

Sayah says protesters are defiant, telling him they are not leaving, "and we are prepared to die."

Stay tuned for live updates on CNN and follow along at CNN.com for developments.

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