Obama to make statement on Egypt

President Obama will make a statement on the escalating violence in Egypt on Thursday morning, according to the White House.

Obama will speak at 10:15 a.m. ET from Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on a weeklong vacation. 

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The remarks will be Obama’s first on the crisis since Egyptian military leaders on Wednesday launched a brutal crackdown on supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Reports said more than 500 people died in clashes between the military government and Morsi’s Islamist supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood is urging supporters to march, leading to fears the violence could worsen.

The administration on Wednesday quickly condemned the crackdown and the declaration of a state of emergency. 

Secretary of State John Kerry called the military’s actions “deplorable” and warned that it would deal a “serious blow” to democracy.