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Turkish leaders lash out at Egyptian government following deadly crackdown on Morsi supporters

Turkish leaders have lashed out at the Egyptian government for its violent move to clear camps in Cairo occupied by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

In a statement Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office called the crackdown "a serious blow to the hopes of a return to democracy" and blamed other unnamed countries for encouraging the government after Morsi's ouster in a military coup on July 3.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul also warned that Egypt could descend into chaos and compared the development to Syria where a crackdown on civilians led to a civil war.

The comments came hours after Egyptian riot police cleared two sprawling encampments in Cairo. Fatalities have been reported.