After Deadly Clashes, Cairo Is Calmer but Still Tense : The Two-Way : NPR
The death toll from clashes Friday and into early Saturday in Egypt now stands at 36, authorities say. That estimate, released just before 11 a.m. ET, was up from the 30 deaths that had been reported when the day began.
More than 1,000 people are said to have been injured during fighting between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and those who had pressed for his removal from office. Some Morsi supporters were also reportedly killed by gunfire from Egyptian security forces.
NPR’s Leila Fadel tells our Newscast Desk that as Saturday dawned in Tahrir Square, workers were cleaning up debris and there was relative calm. But, as newscaster Giles Snyder says, the Egyptian capital remains very tense — angry Morsi supporters and those who called for his toppling remain camped in different parts of the city. It’s feared they will clash again and that the Egyptian military will use force to restore some order.
As of 2 p.m. ET — early evening Cairo — there were still large crowds of pro- and anti-Morsi Egyptians in the streets, al-Jazeera reported. But things were calmer than they had been during the clashes Friday and early Saturday. Peole in the streets had not yet reacted to the news that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei would become interim prime minister.