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Renewed Concern Of Violence After Egyptian Police, Detainees Killed.


At least 36 Islamist detainees, and 24 policemen were killed outside of Cairo. These are just the latest deaths in a bloody week of clashes following the government's decision to break up protests.

Egypt's military is stepping up it's crackdown of anti-government protestors, putting troops in the streets and enforcing a strict curfew. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the country he will not tolerate any more violence. More than 800 have been killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

As the death toll mounts, so does the pressure from Capitol Hill with more and more Congressmen calling on President Obama to cut off aid to Egypt. The president retains support among some Congressman who say the Egyptian military is necessary because it keeps the peace with Israel and provides safe passage through the Suez Canal.

"There are no good choices in Egypt. The fact is, there's no good guys there. But of the two, I think there is more opportunity to protect American interests if we work with the military," said Rep. Peter King

The U.S. sends roughly $1.5 billion to Egypt each year with nearly all of it going directly to the military.

The European Union is also considering a suspension of aid to Egypt. European foreign ministers say they will decide this week what to do with the nearly seven billion dollars in grants and loans promised for Egypt.


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