Violence in Egypt worries many Sask. residents

As bloodshed in Egypt continues, there are many Egyptians in Saskatchewan who are being affected.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clash with police near Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013. Egypt's interim president has declared a month-long state of emergency to combat worsening violence after riot police moved to clear two encampments of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

As bloodshed in Egypt continues, there are many Egyptians in Saskatchewan who are being affected.

Hassan Jaber, a student at the University of Regina, went home to Cairo to visit his family earlier this week before the violence started.

The 22-year-old said he's seen protesters in the streets and has heard gunshots near his home.

"People are upset, of course, about the people that have died over here for their countries," Jaber said. "But people are having high hopes that afterwards the country will be in a much better place."

Jaber said many people in Egypt are staying inside because they're scared for their safety.

On Wednesday, Jaber said protesters tried to take over a street near his family's home.

"They start burning cars, they start robbing shops, they start killing people two blocks away from me," Jaber said. "The police intervened and forced them to run away to somewhere else."

Egyptian-Canadian Ramy Shoker said he's been trying to get in touch with his parents in Egypt for days. On Friday, Shoker was relieved to finally reach them.

"It's actually scary, not knowing what's going on," Shoker said. "You're here in Canada and you can't do anything about it."

The Canadian government closed its embassy in Cairo on Wednesday for security reasons.

Jaber said many Egyptians are used to the violence, which is exactly what Shoker hates.

"I don't want anymore deaths," Shoker said. "I don't want anymore violence. I want my family that lives over there to be in peace."