In Egypt, 'Tense Calm' After Violent Night

30 dead, more than 1K wounded in clashes
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2013 6:11 AM CDT
In Egypt, 'Tense Calm' After Violent Night
Supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi clash in Cairo Friday.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Last night's clashes in Egypt left at least 30 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, raising the big question: Was it a prelude to even greater unrest today and in the near future? A "tense calm" prevails for now, reports al-Jazeera, but the Muslim Brotherhood wants protesters to stay in the streets: "The masses will continue their civilized protests and peaceful sit-ins in Cairo until the military coup is reversed and the legitimate president is restored," it said this morning in a statement.

Interim President Adli Mansour was meeting with military leaders today in the wake of yesterday's violence, reports AP. They're expected to name an interim prime minister to run the country on a day-to-day basis, and Reuters says a familiar name is at the top of the list: One-time reform candidate and former UN nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei. Much of yesterday's violence took place on bridges over the Nile in central Cairo and in the city of Alexandria. (Read more Egypt protests stories.)

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