Hazem Beblawi
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Egypt interim PM: 'Today was a difficult day'

14 August 2013 Last updated at 21:18 BST

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has defended the deadly operation to break up protest camps in Cairo, saying the authorities had to "restore security".

Mr Beblawi said it was not an easy decision to disperse the supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi.

The government, which has declared a nationwide state of emergency, said 149 people were killed in the operation.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which backed the protests, says more than 2,000 people died in the violence.