"When protesters attempted to spread chaos around the country, we had to take some extraordinary measures," Beblawi said.

He also stressed that the government had to interfere to protect citizens and bring back stability and security to the streets.

The Interim Prime Minister said the state of emergency declared earlier on Wednesday would be applied only for a short period of time.

"Egypt is on its transition roadmap to build a democratic country with social justice," he added. According to the Health Ministry, at least 235 were killed and more than 2,000 injured in clashes across Egypt after police launched an operation earlier on Wednesday to disperse supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi at two major sit-in sites in the capital Cairo.

(Agencies)

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