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.