Superior Native Witnesses Egypt Chaos First Hand

By KBJR News 1


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August 16, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM CDT

Cairo, Egypt (NNCNOW.com) - It's a battle that's pushing Egypt to the edge of chaos.

The Muslim Brotherhood held sit-ins Wednesday to protest the ousting of their President.

Police moved in to break up the demonstrations, killing more than 600 people in the process.

Superior Senior High & College of St. Scholastica grad, Aaron Rose, is in the middle of the chaos.

"Everything is out of the norm right now," Rose told Kevin Jacobsen via Skype on Friday.

Rose is working as a photojournalist for the only English language newspaper in the country, Daily News Egypt.

"I was stuck between an army line and a police line. The police line was fighting pro-Morsy supporters and they were fighting with tear gas. I actually heard machine guns, and I saw a police officer shot in front of me," he recounted.

The situation intensified Friday to the point where Rose and his co-workers were ordered to stay inside as the violence escalated.

" I got on top of my building because that's how much I was chomping at the bit to go out. From my building I could see clashes on a bridge that crosses the Nile," he said.

Rose assured us he is safe, but knows he is a possible target.

"A lot of journalists are getting mugged lately. A journalist I know was carrying three cameras. He got them all stolen, took his press pass," Rose said.

Rose is also studying journalism while he's in Egypt.

Amid the violence, the US State Department is warning Americans to leave the country immediately.

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