Supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, at sit-in with banner of Morsi with Arabic writing that reads "To the great Egyptian people, Happy year, Congrats on the Eid from the heart, Mohammed Morsi," outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Nasser City in Cairo on Aug. 13, 2013. State TV says security forces moved to clear that and another sit-in in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013. / AP
CAIRO (CBSNews.com) - Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in protests by supporters of the country's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out at both sites, state television and security officials said.
The Anti-Coup Alliance, an umbrella of pro-Morsi supporters, said in a statement that 25 were killed and dozens injured in the attack on the larger of the two protest camps, in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City.
The Reuters news agency reports the state news agency says two members of the security forces were killed by gunfire.
There was no official word on casualties among the protesters in either camp, but state television said one policeman was killed.
The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, warned in a statement that the forces would deal firmly with protesters acting "irresponsibly" and said it would guarantee safe passage to those who want to leave the sites.
An Associated Press television video journalist at the scene of the larger of the two camps said he could hear the screams of women as a cloud of white smoke hung over the site in Nasr City. He said a bulldozer was removing mounds of sand bags and brick walls built by the protesters as a defense line in their camp. Army troops, however, were not taking part in the operation.
A former government aide who's been attending the Nasser City protest every day told CBS News security forces took out a stolen State TV satellite truck first with live ammunition, then began firing volleys of tear gas into the camp.
The simultaneous actions by the Egyptian forces -- at the pro-Morsi encampment in Nasr City and at the site outside the main campus of Cairo University on the other side of the city- began around 7 a.m. local time. Helicopters hovered over the two sites.
Regional television networks are showing images of collapsed tents and burning tires at both sites, with ambulances on standby at the scene. They were also showing protesters being arrested and led away by the troops.
At least 250 people have died in clashes in Egypt following Morsi's ouster in a military coup that followed days of mass protests by millions of Egyptians calling for his removal.
Supporters of the Islamist president want him reinstated.
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