Mohamed ElBaradei resigns: his office

CAIRO – Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned in protest at the violent dispersal of sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"I believe there were peaceful alternatives to ending this social strife and there were acceptable solutions that lead us to national reconciliation, but things went the opposite way," ElBaradei said in a statement released by his office.

Early Wednesday, Egyptian security forces moved to forcibly disperse two sit-ins staged by supporters of Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

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.

The Egyptian Ambulance Organization, however, has put the death toll in the two squares at 96.

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