Violence escalated in Egyptian protests

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July 28, 2013, 7:28 am
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(NECN/NBC: Aymad Mohyeldin) - Violence in Egypt on Saturday resulted in the bloodiest day since former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power by the Egyptian army.

The violence reportedly left at least 65 people dead and has many people fearing a crackdown could begin against Morsi's supporters.

Police were seen using tear gas and, according to eyewitnesses, live ammunition to deter pro-Morsi protesters.

Throughout the night, those wounded were brought from the front lines for treatment. Many went to a make-shift field hospital at the center of the protest site.

"99 percent of those shot were in the neck, head, and chest - shot to be killed," said Ashraf Abu-Zeid, a physician at the field hospital.

The new government said it has run out of patience with the sit-in protest that has been encamped for nearly a month.

Police vowed to break up the protests by law and with force, if necessary.

With those threats, the field hospital was bringing in more supplies, a sign that both sides could be gearing up for a clash.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reached out to Egyptian officials and express his concerns regarding the escalating violence. He called on them to build a more inclusive political process and to "pull Egypt back from the brink."

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Tags: protest, violence, Egypt, Cairo, Ayman Mohyeldin, Mohamed Morsi
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