Egyptian military removes President Mohamed Morsi - as it happened
We're going to wrap up our overnight coverage of a monumental day in . Here is a summary of events as they unfolded:
Background: The diplomatic issues in naming Morsi's ousting a coup d'état
Here is a bit of background from my colleague Helen Davidson on the diplomatic issues for the United States if it names Morsi's ousting as a coup d'état:
Reuters have a further update on the alleged attack on a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo, which downplays the earlier allegations made by two spokesmen.
The report states:
More on the alleged attack on a Muslim Brotherhood gathering in Cairo:
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad has tweeted further description of the alleged incident:
Another Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, Osama Gado, has told Reuters that the gathering was attacked by petrol bomb.
El-Haddad has also spoken to Reuters and said that the pro-Morsi gathering occurred at a site near a mosque in Cairo where around 2,000 supporters had gathered, some of whom were praying at the time of the alleged attack. He said he was not sure if there had been any casualties.
NBC News correspondent is in Cairo. A short time ago he posted this which purportedly shows protestors banging on the security barrier at the presidential palace. Mohyeldin described the scene as "deafening".
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has called for Egypt to make a swift return to democracy, as his government upgrades travel warnings urging hundreds of Australians in the country to consider leaving, AAP reports.
Mr Rudd said he was aware of the controversies surrounding president Morsi's rule but described the latest developments are "extraordinary".
"We want to see the return to full democratic government in Egypt as rapidly as possible," he said.
"I believe that's the expectation of the international community."
Australian foreign minister Bob Carr stopped short of labelling the event a coup but called for all sides to show restraint.
"We're not supporting it, we're not opposing it," he told ABC radio.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has appealed for calm and restraint in Egypt, .
The statement does not condemn the Egyptian armed forces but voiced "concern" at their involvment in deposing the president.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman claims pro-Morsi rally attacked by group carrying machine guns
A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman has appeared live on the BBC via telephone, claiming that a pro-Morsi rally in Cairo has been attacked by a group carrying machine guns.
Gehad el-Haddad claimed a group had broken into the rally and were not wearing military uniforms.
Asked who he blamed, he replied: "the military forces, for the whole thing."
The live cross over was not able to pinpoint the exact location of the alleged attack.
Death toll updated to at least 14
The death toll from clashes between Morsi supporters and the military, has been revised. At least 14 people have been killed around the country, Reuters say. Previously the numberwas said to be at least 10.
Eight of those reported dead were in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh. Al-Anani Hamouda, a senior provincial security official, said two members of security forces were among those killed in the clashes.
Three people have been killed and at least 50 wounded in Alexandria.
The Associated Press , delivered by the Egypt's military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, earlier today.
Here is our video of al-Sisi's earlier address:
Wikipedia has launched a new page describing today's events as a coup d'état.
The entry, , starts with the following two sentences:
The EU has called for a quick return to democracy in Egypt, and acknowledged the "new administration" in office.
The EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Baroness Ashton :
The statement continues:
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) at the raid on Al-Jazeera offices in Egypt, and the closure of at least three television stations supportive of Mohamed Morsi.
A statement on its website reads:
Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Coordinator said:
Morsi being held by military, Reuters report
Reuters is reporting that ousted president Mohamed Morsi is being held by the authorities, according to a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and an Egyptian security official.
Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Morsi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where.
A security official has said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.
Here is the audio of my conversation with Guardian Egypt correspondent Patrick Kingsley from a little earlier.
Patrick describes the atmosphere in central Cairo and discusses some of the pro-Morsi rallies he attended in east Cairo earlier today ().
He also discusses the ongoing crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood members, and about what role the Egyptian army will take in setting up an interim government.
Al-Jazeera that 10 people have been killed in clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and the army. Three of the deaths have occured in Alexandria, according to state media.
Here is the text of their report:
Here is a link to Obama's full statement:
More on the ongoing crackdown. The head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party and its deputy chief have been arrested, according to AP.
More on . The US president says he is "deeply concerned" by the military's removal, but has stopped short of calling it a coup d'etat.
AP quotes an extract of the statement:
The quotes this extract:
Barack Obama has ordered a review of US aid to Egypt, according to a breaking news tweet from the Associated Press.
Our Egypt correspondent Patrick Kingsley has tweeted that some Egyptian Islamists are already fearing reprisals, and that 300 arrest warrants have just been issued for Muslim Brotherhood members.
I've recently got off the phone with Patrick and will post the audio of our conversation shortly.
Welcome to our continued coverage of a monumental day in Egypt, that has seen President Mohamed Morsi deposed and an interim government installed. My colleague in the US Tom McCarthy has written this summary of events so far:
• The Egyptian army deposed President Mohamed Morsi after four days of sustained giant street protests that eclipsed even the rallies that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Morsi became the second Egyptian leader to be kicked out of power in 28 months.
• General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the change in government in a televised address joined by influential leaders of opposition parties and religious groups. Among those who spoke after Sisi were opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the sheikh of Al-Azhar mosque and the Coptic pope. Leaders of the Islamist Nour party also joined the announcement.
• Sisi said the head of Egypt's supreme constitutional court, Adly Mansour, 68, would take over the presidential palace, the constitution would be suspended and new presidential elections would be held. Mansour was to be sworn in Thursday.
• Morsi reacted defiantly to the Sisi announcement, which he called a "full coup." He communicated via Facebook, a Youtube video that was unpublished and a prerecorded audio track broadcast to rallies supporting him. He had not been seen in public Wednesday. Morsi insisted he is Egypt's only legitimate president but warned against bloodshed.
• The Egyptian street reacted jubilantly.
• Scattered clashes were reported after Sisi's address, with at least four killed. That number could not be confirmed and there were dire concerns that violence would spread as the import of the army announcement sinks in. Reports from the scenes of Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party rallies conveyed a dour mood in Cairo, while active clashes were reported in both coastal cities and upper Egypt.
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