At Least 50 Dead in Cairo as Military Clashes With Opposition

Monday, July 08, 2013

Egyptian anti-government protesters sit near an army tank as they gather outside the state television building in Cairo on February 11, 2011 (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty)

At least 50 people have been killed in a shoot out today near military barracks in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood says its members were staging a sit-in outside the facility where they believe former President Mohamed Morsi is being held.

The army says the group had tried to storm the barracks and called the protesters part of a "terrorist group." Brotherhood members, along with others who support the reinstatement of Morsi, had been staging the sit-in for days. They say they were peaceful and the attack by the army was unprovoked. Some witnesses say the pro-Morsi supporters were performing dawn prayers at the time.

Bloody photos and video images appeared on television and social media showing several bodies lying on the ground, and doctors and medical personnel attending to the wounded.

Joining us to discuss this Kristen Chick, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor. She is on the ground in Cairo.

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