World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian Freedom and Justice Party spokesman Murad Ali announced the death toll was 1,000, number of injured people were 10,000 in dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across country on Wednesday.
Ali said, Egyptian security forces intervened in pro-democracy protesters with gas bombs and guns in Nahda Square and the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on Wednesday.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Wednesday's police assault on civilians in Egypt in a violent move to disperse the two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in capital Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.
Ali announced the death toll was 1,000, number of injured people were 10,000 in dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins across country on Wednesday.
On the other side, Egypt's health ministry claimed that death toll nationwide was 149, and 1,403 were injured, in Wednesday's police assault on pro-Morsi supporters.
Al-Azhar Grand Imam denies prior knowledge of dispersal
Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said on Wednesday that he had no previous knowledge about plans to forcibly disperse two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which left hundreds dead and injured.
In the early hours of Wednesday, security forces moved in to disperse pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.
In a televised speech, al-Tayeb offered his condolences to the families of the victims, warning against any more bloodshed.
"All sides should practice self-restraint, put the nation's interests first and respond to efforts to achieve national reconciliation," he said.
Al-Tayeb also warned against dragging Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Islamic scholarship in the Sunni-Muslim world, into Egypt's current wave of political strife.
"Just to clarify, Al-Azhar announces to all Egyptians that it did not know about plans to disperse the sit-ins until it learned of them through the media this morning," he said.