Egypt interim vice president ElBaradei quits in protest at crackdown

A picture taken on Nov 22, 2012, in Cairo shows Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei leaving at the end of a joint press conference. ElBaradei, announced his resignation on Aug 14, 2013 in a letter to the interim pres
A picture taken on Nov 22, 2012, in Cairo shows Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei leaving at the end of a joint press conference. ElBaradei, announced his resignation on Aug 14, 2013 in a letter to the interim president seen by AFP. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Mursi.

In a resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, Mr ElBaradei said that "the beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups".

"As you know, I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society, there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus," he wrote.

"It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood."

The health ministry said 149 people were killed in clashes across Egypt on Wednesday. It said another 1,403 people were injured as violence roiled several provinces.