Unrest and violence in Egypt continues to grow amid a vicious crackdown on Mohamed Morsi supporters that has left hundreds dead.
The death toll has climbed to 638 and thousands have been injured, making the third mass killing since President Morsi was removed from power earlier this year the deadliest.
The official toll reported Thursday morning by the Egyptian Health Ministry includes 202 killed at the country’s largest protest, in Nasr City near Cairo; 87 killed in Nahda Square, Cario; 29 in another Cairo suburb, Helwan; and a further 207 elsewhere in Egypt. Those numbers were increased to a total of 638 by Friday; injuries number at in the thousands.
But that number could increase dramatically as we move into the weekend.
Protestors are planning to defy an emergency order and take to the streets in what they are calling a “Friday of Anger.”
The Muslim Brotherhood promised huge protests, and Egypt’s military government showed no sign of easing its crackdown, setting the stage for what could become another catastrophic encounter of security forces and protesters.
“The struggle to overthrow this illegitimate regime is an obligation,” the Muslim Brotherhood said on its website Friday, while urging people to protest peacefully.
According to a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, the “Friday of Anger” will begin with marches from mosques around Cairo, which will converge in central Ramses Square. The protest, they say, will continue until Morsi is returned to office.
But police aren’t letting up. They plan to continue using live ammunition to subdue any attack against police facilities.
Yesterday, this video of a man helping a group of Egyptians who are injured made its rounds on the internet. While trying to carry the injured to safety, the man appears to be shot at by someone off-camera. Warning: GRAPHIC VIDEO:
We’ll continue to keep Egypt in our prayers as we keep you updated on the latest.