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Mick Deane, Sky News Cameraman, Killed In Egypt Clashes

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A TV cameraman for Britain's Sky News was shot and killed while covering the deadly violence in Cairo on Wednesday, the channel said.

Mick Deane, a 61-year-old father of two children, had worked for Sky for 15 years and was a veteran cameraman who had been based in Washington DC and Jerusalem.

He was part of a Sky News team reporting on the crisis in Cairo with the channel's Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot and wounded.

Deane received medical treatment for his injuries, but died shortly afterwards.

None of the other members of the team were injured, Sky said.

The channel's foreign editor Tim Marshall said: "He was a friend. Our hearts go out to his family.

"He died doing what he'd been doing so brilliantly for decades."

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "saddened" by the news.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said: "Everyone at Sky News is shocked and saddened by Mick's death.

"He was a talented and experienced journalist who had worked with Sky News for many years.

Security forces stormed two huge Cairo protest camps occupied for weeks by supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, leaving at least 124 people dead in a crackdown that turned into a bloodbath.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said it plans to hold a demonstration in Cairo today, Reuters reported.

"Marches are planned this afternoon from Al-Iman mosque to protest the deaths," the Islamist group said in a statement.

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Khaled el-Khateeb, an Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman, said 421 people were killed in Wednesday's clashes between police and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, The Associated Press reported.

Over 3,500 were also injured.

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CNN's Arwa Damon, who hid from gunfire on air earlier in the day, told Piers Morgan from Egypt, "It does seem as if journalists are being targeted -- at the very least they are being intimidated."

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The New York Times blog reports: according to the photographer who witnessed the event, it appears that the driver’s efforts to evade rock-throwing protesters, by reversing quickly while driving right at the edge of the bridge, caused the jeep to crash through the barrier to the street below.

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Mohamed Tawfik, Egypt's ambassador to the U.S., told CNN's Hala Gorani that despite today being the deadliest since 2011, things could have been much worse.

"I feel that if another alternative had been arrived at, such as postponing this for another week or two or month or two, the casualties would have been higher," Tawfik said. "Certainly, this is not something that we're happy with -- any Egyptian loss of life is something that we mourn. Nevertheless, this was the least bad option we had in front of us."

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According to Joshua Hersh, Egyptians are wary of any U.S. involvement in the current crisis, highlighted by the "meekness" of the State Department's response to today's events.

"Anywhere you go in Cairo right now, [the U.S.] is being accused of befriending the other side to the detriment of the nation," he told HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin. "It's fine being an American citizen here, but you sure get an earful about your country."

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An Egyptian security force kicks a supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)

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According to Reuters, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has pledged to tighten security to the stringent levels seen during Hosni Mubarak's rule that largely contributed to his ouster in 2011.

Reuters writes:

Addressing the complaints of many Egyptians who are tired of the insecurity that has blighted the country since Mubarak was toppled in 2011, Ibrahim evoked the days of the deposed autocrat as a model for the future.

"I promise that as soon as conditions stabilize and the Egyptian street stabilizes, as soon as possible, security will be restored to this nation as if it was before January 25, and more," he said.

The 2011 uprising erupted on January 25, deliberately timed by pro-democracy activists to coincide with national police day.

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Footage filmed by researchers for the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch captures the devastation in Rabaa al-Adawiya on Wednesday.

"One man next to us was shot and fell to the ground as we ran across,” says HRW's Heba Morayef. “Doctors inside the hospital were attempting to operate in crowded hallways with very basic equipment.”

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The Los Angeles Times' Jeffrey Fleishman writes that before resigning today, former interim VP Mohammed Elbaradei fiercely opposed the army intervening in pro-Morsi sit-ins and recently warned that such action would lead to widespread violence.

Fleishman writes:

ElBaradei had been heavily criticized by hard-liners for seeking a negotiated solution to the crisis. He had been attacked in newspaper columns and on television talk shows, but he continued to press his case until just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, when the police operation began.

“Those who want to crush the Brotherhood accuse me of being soft. I don't believe my concern over the loss of lives makes me a soft man,” ElBaradei said in a recent television interview. “It's easy to get angry and say we'll crush the Islamists, but it will result in massive deaths.”

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AP reports that the healthy ministry has raised the total death toll to 278, including 235 civilian casualties and 43 policemen killed.

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Al Jazeera reports that despite Wednesday's bloodshed, including the reported deaths of 149 protesters, pro-Morsi supporters remain resolute in their stand against the country's current rulers.

One such protester, Abdelhraman Gamal Mohamed, 25, was stopped by police on his way to a sit-in.

"They want today to scare us, but they are stupid - this fire won't scare us, it won't stop us from getting our freedom," Mohamed told Al Jazeera. "Live free or die, that is what we believe - and we will die for this. We will die for our future."

Read the full Al Jazeera report here.

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From Reuters:

Western allies warned Egypt's military leaders right up to the last minute against using force to crush protest sit-ins by supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, arguing they could ill afford the political and economic damage.

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Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the heavy-handed intervention by Egyptian security forces while calling for the state of emergency to be lifted "as soon as possible," AP reports.

"This is a pivotal moment for all Egyptians," Kerry said. "The path toward violence leads only to greater instability, economic disaster and suffering."

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CNN reports that Egypt's healthy ministry has raised the casualty figures from 149 to 211 dead.

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Reuters reports that Egyptian security forces will prohibit further sit-ins from taking place.

"We will not allow any other sit-in in any square in any place in the country," Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said in a televised news conference.

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Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi take cover from Egyptian security forces fire during clashes in Rabaah Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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In her daily press briefing, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that the administration is not yet willing to call Morsi's July 3 ouster a "coup," while also rejecting the characterization of Thursday's violent clashes as "civil war."

Watch the live briefing here.

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This concise AP interactive shows the key events, main players and an overview of all that's going on now and all that has led up to Wednesday's violence in Egypt. Take a look here:

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