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Egypt: Police can use deadly force
Chilmark, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has scrapped joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises scheduled for next month, saying American cooperation with the Egyptian government cannot continue when civilians are being killed in the streets.
He directed his national security team to see what additional steps the U.S. might take going forward.
It was Obama's first statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt, where spiraling violence has left more than 500 people dead in clashes between the military-backed interim government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
The violence prompted the Egyptian government to declare a nationwide state of emergency and a nighttime curfew.
Obama spoke from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he is on vacation.
The Bright Star military exercise has been a centerpiece of the two countries' military relations for decades.
Death toll rising in Cairo
Egypt authorizes police to use deadly force to protect police, key institutions from attacks.
An Associated Press reporter in the Egyptian capital of Cairo says there are dozens of bodies stored inside a mosque, wrapped in sheets and still unclaimed by families.
They're some of the hundreds of people killed yesterday in clashes between police and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
It's not clear if the bodies at the mosque are included in the updated death toll of 525 people.
In addition to the dead, more than 3,500 people were injured.
The violence began when police moved to clear two sit-in camps by Morsi supporters. The clashes spread to other cities as well.
The government has declared a nationwide, month-long state of emergency.