FROM Samer Shehata
Violence Grips Egypt after Military Crackdown Cairo has been a virtual war zone since this morning, when security forces attacked the encamped supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The death toll could be in the hundreds with violence spreading around the country. A curfew is now in effect. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned. Today's move had been predicted, but the violence of the assault has stunned Egyptians, international observers and the Obama White House, which says it opposes the new emergency law and "strongly condemns" the crackdown . Will Egypt return to martial law? We have an update.
The 'Day of Departure' in Egypt? Yesterday's bloody violence has been replaced by uneasy calm as tens of thousands of protesters have gathered following Friday prayers. Pro-Mubarak forces have disappeared and the Army has increased its presence, as the growing crowd demands that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resign before the end of the day. It's being reported that the Obama White House is trying to negotiate Mubarak's departure, at the same time creating an interim government that would then give way to democratic elections. Is there any chance for a constitutional democracy? We get updates from Cairo and Washington.
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