A picture of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi is seen hanging admist debris at Rabaa al-Adawiya sqaure in Cairo, following a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of the ousted Islamist leader yesterday. (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)
"We appreciate the complexity of the situation. After the military's intervention several weeks ago, there remained a chance for reconciliation. Instead we have seen a more dangerous path taken through arbitrary arrests and now tragically the violence that has taken the lives of hundreds of people. Our traditional co-operation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets. As a result, this morning we notified the Egyptian government that we are cancelling our bi-annual joint-military exercise, which was scheduled for later this month ... going forward I've asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps that we may take as necessary with respect to the US/Egyptian relationship".US President, Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama spoke today on the crisis in Egypt but the the US leader stopped short of announcing any changes to the $1.5 billion dollars his country gives to Egypt each year....most of it for its military.
Yesterday, security forces in Cairo cleared two large camps filled with supporters of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi, leading to violent clashes with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. They're still counting the dead and injured. But At least 500 people were killed and more than 3,000 have been injured--the bloodiest day since the so-called Arab spring sprung in Egypt.
Egypt's interim government appears injured as well. Vice President Mohamed El Baradei resigned saying there were still peaceful options that the leadership could have pursued to resolve the crisis. Also Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have stormed government buildings in Giza, just outside of Cairo. Egypt's judicial authorities have extended Mohamed Morsi's detention for another 30 days.
A physician collects medical equipment and medicines from the remains of the partially destroyed
and burnt down Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque compound hospital in Cairo, Egypt. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
Today we were joined by three guests on the ground in Cairo:
Amr Darrag is a member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and the party Mohamed Morsi led. For a few months earlier this year, he was was the Minister for Planning and International Co-Operation in Mohamed Morsi's Government. Amr says the demonstrations are not about bringing Morsi back but about preserving a legitimate government for the country.
Omar Robert Hamilton is an activist and film-maker and has been involved in Egypt's pro-democracy movement since it began. He's a dual citizen who grew up in Britain and Egypt. Omar says pro-democracy activists are not sure what to do, the goals of the revolution has been lost.
This segment was produced by The Current's Catherine Kalbflesich, Sujata Berry, Geoff Turner and Leif Zapf-Gijle.
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