"I'm at a mosque with several hundred bodies, some burned beyond recognition"

Aug 15, 2013, 01:08 PM

Egypt's health ministry says 525 people were killed on Wednesday when security forces stormed Islamist protest camps in Cairo after a stand-off lasting weeks: http://bbc.in/141wJs1

Most died in the capital, but there was violence around the country on the bloodiest day since the pro-democracy uprising two years ago.

The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, says he has seen several hundred bodies wrapped in shrouds at a mosque in the city.

He spoke to BBC World Service's Newshour from Cairo as funerals were held nearby.