Weekend of Rage Likely as Egypt Violence Spirals

A “day of rage” on Friday showed no signs of abating this weekend as violence across Egypt, according to reporting on the ground, seemed only to intensify overnight and into Saturday.

Scores of people were again reported killed in Cairo on Friday, just two days after a massacre on Wednesday that left more than 600 people dead and dramatically intensified the political turmoil, leading many to speculate that the country could be headed for a protracted political struggle or even civil war.

Though more concentrated in Cairo, political and sectarian violence resulted in deaths in other Egyptian cities as well. According to Al-Jazeera, citing a government spokesman, “At least 173 people were killed and 1,330 others were injured nationwide on Friday.”

Reports on Saturday from Cairo repeated frantic scenes of police firing on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Violence at a central mosque, which had become both a makeshift morgue and refuge for Muslim Brotherhood members, was under assault after gunfire was reported from inside.

From outside and then inside the al-Fath mosque in Ramses Sqaure in Cairo where the violence was underway, journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous posted these videos to youtube:

Correspondents on the ground continued to provide updates via Twitter: