On Wednesday, the country's security forces attempted to oust supporters of ex-President Morsi from their month-long, nationwide sit-in. The ensuing clashes killed more than 600 people that day alone, and started a chain of violence that has seen the country's officials declare a state of emergency and its vice-president resign. On Friday, a "Day Of Rage" was declared by the Muslim Brotherhood, resulting in new clashes, and the 64 casualties.
The country has been in a state of civil war since the Arab Spring uprising of 2010, but the environment at the moment is the worst it's been since the initial backlash that consumed the Arab world.
Reports suggest that now, police officers appear to be donning plain clothes and fighting as civilians. At least eight police stations have come under attack.
Yesterday, Bustle reported that President Obama had released an audio-only speech about the conflict:
President Obama did not offer much as far as concrete actions the United States is willing to take, except to say that he had notified Egypt's interim government this morning that he would be canceling the two countries' bi-annual joint military exercise scheduled to take place next week. His national security team is apparently working to "assess" further steps that might be taken.
Obama expressed hope that Egypt would be able to make a democratic transition, though he also conceded that this kind of change can take "generations." In order for the country to get back on its feet, he said, they would have to make a renewed commitment to "nonviolence, respect for universal rights, and a process for economic and political reform." Obama made clear that determining the future of Egypt is "a task for the people of Egypt."