9 of the most memorable images from Egypt's explosive summer

Images emerging from Egypt show a nation awash in violence.

On Wednesday, the country was under a state of emergency as buildings burned, churches were attacked and battles erupted in major cities and villages between security forces and the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The military-backed government had threatened for weeks to disperse two protest camps in the capital, Cairo, before moving in Wednesday morning.

It was the latest in a summer of strife. The photos of violence have become almost numbing.  But iconic images are emerging, photos that reflect the human toll: "Game Over" spelled in laser lights in Egypt's Tahrir Square, a woman confronting a bulldozer.

The photos and video have flowed, collected by journalists and citizens risking their lives to cover developments in the nation.

See nine of the most memorable photos above, plus more stirring images of the strife in Egypt.