Egypt's health ministry says at least 525 people are dead after security forces stormed camps staked out by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, the UK newspaper the Guardian reports.

In response to the violence, the army announced a nationwide state of emergency, set to last for a month.

Here are five powerful images from the bloodshed:


According to AFP, Moneim spotted this woman pleading with officials for restraint so she could help the injured. When she saw this injured young man lying on the floor, she stood between him and the path of an army bulldozer, imploring the driver to stop (Photo courtesy of Mohammed Abdel Moneim for AFP).


A protester comforts an injured man after Egyptian security forces cleared out a sit-in by supporters of Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo (Photo courtesy of the Independent).


The picture shows a female supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holding on to an Egyptian security force member as they clear out a sit-inset up near Cairo University in Giza (Photo courtesy of Hussein Tallal for the Associated Press via News.com.au).


A police vehicle is pushed off of the 6th of October bridge by protesters close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo. A picture of the police vehicle later showed policemen were found inside (Photo courtesy of Aly Hazzaa for the Associated Press via News.com.au).


An injured Egyptian youth is seen at a makeshift hospital during clashes between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and police in Cairo on August 14, 2013 (Photo courtesy of Mosaab El-Shamy for the Associated France Press via msnbc.com).

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