Death and demonstrations in Egypt

Clashes between the Egyptian military and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi intensified this morning with at least 42 people killed and hundreds injured by military forces following a lengthy series of protests.

Now, members of the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood are calling for a national uprising in response to the deaths and nationwide power struggle between Morsi’s backers and opponents.

From Fatma Alzomor, speaking to Times reporter Jeffrey Fleishman at a mosque near the site of the attack:

“While we prayed, they shot us. Witness, free world, what is happening. We are being sprayed with blood. You must hear me.”

Other Morsi supporters have been more vocal in calling for retribution for the attack:

“What happened today is a massacre,” Essam Erian, deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, said outside the field hospital. “They [the military] brought this on themselves. To this chaos there is no exit unless Mohamed Morsi returns to office. There is no exit. … Our blood will overcome their weapons.” 

Read more on the escalating crisis over at World Now.

Photos: Manu Brabo / Associated Press, Mahmud Hamas, Mahmoud Khaled / AFP/Getty Images

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