Violent clashes turn deadly in Egypt

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July 8, 2013, 5:50 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - We could see the beginnings of Egypt's new government on Monday. The country's interim president is expected to make that announcement, as violent clashes there turn deadly.

All indications are that Egypt's military is trying to turn the country over to an interim government, in hopes of stopping the violence.

Gunfire in Cairo has reportedly left at least 15 dead. One doctor says five of those were children.

Throughout the country, street fights have erupted between Egyptians dissatisfied with the overthrow of their former leader and those against the Muslim brotherhood and the US.

“Our role right now should be one of applying calm, trying to get our partners in the region to do the same thing," said Senator Bob Corker on Fox News Sunday.

Egypt's interim president has been meeting with various parties to select a new prime minister.

The leading candidate is believed to be a lawyer and economist, who spent some time in Washington.

Now, lawmakers are deciding whether to continue a billion and a half dollars in aid to Egypt:

"By no means have we made the overwhelming amount of that obligation," said Senator Bob Menendez on NBC Meet the Press.

"Reluctantly I believe that we have to suspend aid until such time as there is a new constitution and a free and fair election," said Senator John McCain on CBS Face the Nation.

"We are looking for a democratic process that's inclusive, that's transparent, that's accountable, that includes everyone," said former Egyptian ambassador to the US, Nabil Fahmy, on NBC Meet the Press.

This includes the ousted Muslim brotherhood:

"They need to join the process. Let us look ahead to the future. There is room for everyone in Egypt, but there is no room for violence," said Egyptian Ambassador to the US, Mohamed Tawfik, on ABC This Week.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the violence and rejected claims that the US supports the Muslim brotherhood, or any specific party.

How are other countries in the region reacting?

Iran's foreign ministry criticized the military for stepping in. In Pakistan, fellow Islamists are demonstrating in support of former president Morsi. And Russia's President Putin warned the country's on the verge of civil war and said Russia is "totally involved."

Tags: egypt, John Kerry, John McCain, violence, Cairo, Tracie Potts, NBC News, Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, ousted president, bob corker, bob menendez, nabil fahmy, mohamed tawfik
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