This Is How A Crackdown Destroys A City

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On Wednesday, Egyptian security forces confronted pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo. The result was a devastating crackdown that left over 600 people dead and thousands injured. The city itself was torn apart, building in shambles and churches set on fire.

HuffPost's Chris McGonigal put together these before/after gifs from the clashes, highlighting the true reality of the destruction. View them before, or click here for more photos from the violence and the aftermath.

BEFORE: A young supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holding a club walks toward the doors of the Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque during a demonstration in the suburb of Nasr City on June 30, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Getty Images

AFTER: Egyptians walk among the burned remains of the Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque, in the center of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. The death toll keeps going up in Egypt after security forces swept through two sit-in sites yesterday, operated by supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi. Credit: AP

BEFORE: A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi holds up a placard accusing the Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, of treason at the Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque in the district of Nasr City on July 6, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Getty Images

AFTER: The remains of tents burn outside Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque, where supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi had a protest camp at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Credit: AP


BEFORE: In this Friday, July 12, 2013 file photo, Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi offer their Friday prayer in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt. Credit: AP

AFTER: Egyptian government employees clean up outside the Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque, where supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi had a protest camp at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Credit: AP

BEFORE: Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray in Nahda Square, where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University in Giza, southwestern Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Credit: AP

AFTER: Riot policemen walk through debris after security forces moved to clear the smaller camp of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, close to Cairo University, Giza, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Credit: AP

BEFORE: A young Egyptian girl attends a sit-in demonstration in support of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi near the Rabaa Al-Adawiyah Mosque in the Nasr City district on August 12, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Getty Images

AFTER: A general view shows the deserted protest camp in Rabaa Al-Adawiyah square in Cairo on August 15, 2013, following a bloody crackdown on supporters of the Egypt's ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi the previous day. Credit: Getty Images

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