More than 500 people have been reported dead as a result of clashes between supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the security forces in Egypt. The violence ensued when the military and police forces forcibly removed protesters from sit-in locations and demonstrations across the country. Although the largest sit-ins have been cleared, protests and subsequent clashes with security forces persisted Aug. 15 and will likely continue in the near term. As a result, the government has instituted a state of emergency for at least the next month in addition to curfews in 14 of Egypt's provinces. Despite these efforts, violence and attacks on security forces perpetrated by pro-Morsi supporters and Islamist extremists, as well as an increase in sectarian violence against the country's Coptic Christian population, will continue.