CAIRO — Violent new protests erupted across Egypt Thursday following the military’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president. The death toll since Wednesday surpassed 600.
The military met calls of restraint and world condemnation, including an angry response by President Obama and threats to suspend European economic aid, with defiance. The Interior Ministry warned protesters that police officers were a
uthorized to use lethal force to protect themselves. The ministry also promised to punish any “terrorist actions and sabotage” after at least two government buildings were burned early Thursday.
“The ministry has given instructions to all forces to use live ammunition in the face of any attacks on establishments or forces within the framework of the regulations of using the legitimate right of self-defense,” the ministry said in a statement. “All the forces assigned to securing and protecting these establishments were provided with the weapons and the ammunition necessary to deter any attack that may target them.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.