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Egypt envoy warned of UK 'concern'
The Egyptian ambassador has been warned of the UK's "deep concern" over the authorities' crackdown on supporters of the ousted president which has left more than 500 people dead.
He was summoned to the Foreign Office (FCO) for a meeting at which a senior official "condemned the use of force" to clear two protest camps and urged the "greatest restraint".
A month-long state of emergency was declared by the interim government in Cairo following the violence on Wednesday, sparked by the police raid to oust supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi.
An FCO spokeswoman said on Thursday: "Yesterday we called in the Egyptian ambassador to express our deep concern at the escalating violence and unrest in Egypt.
"Simon Gass, the FCO political director, condemned the use of force to clear the protests and urged the Egyptian authorities to act with the greatest restraint."
The official death toll in the clashes - which have drawn worldwide condemnation for the government's actions - has risen to 525.
Leaders of Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood claim far more were killed in what they describe as a "massacre" on the streets of the capital.
The streets of Cairo were reported to be uncharacteristically quiet in the wake of the deadliest day of violence in the country since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising. Sky News cameraman Mick Deane was among three journalists killed.
A march has been called by the Muslim Brotherhood, which said it remained committed to non-violent action to reverse the military coup which removed Mr Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader.
He was ousted in June amid mass protests against his year-old regime, which critics said had failed to address key economic and political issues and gave undue influence to the Brotherhood. Mr Morsi and other leaders from the movement have been arrested.