Tensions Rise Between Muslim Brotherhood & Egyptian Military


Seven have been confirmed dead and more than 260 wounded in last night’s violent clashes between Islamists and Egyptian riot police.

The protests began shortly after ifthar — the traditional breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan — when members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood began to move towards the 6 October Bridge in an effort to block off Cairo’s central artery that spans the city.

FRONTLINE correspondents Martin Smith and GlobalPost’s Charles M. Sennott were there to record the scene.

Today Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy confirmed to FRONTLINE that the Brotherhood organized the march as a “peaceful demonstration” to express their opposition to what he called a “military coup” that removed President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Morsi has since been detained in an unknown location.

The clashes, along with today’s announcement of a new government that does not include any representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood appear to signal an escalation of tensions between the military and the Islamist movement that last year won both the presidency and control of the Parliament in Egypt’s first free and fair election.

FRONTLINE’s team on the ground will continue its ongoing coverage of the crisis in Egypt, examining the Brotherhood’s rise and fall for a film airing this fall. For up-to-the-minute reporting follow Martin Smith, Chris Fournelle and Charles M. Sennott on Twitter.

blog comments powered by Disqus

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.



Frontline Journalism Fund

Supporting Investigative Reporting

Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation, the John and Helen Glessner Family Trust, the Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.

Privacy Policy   Journalistic Guidelines   PBS Privacy Policy   PBS Terms of Use   Corporate Sponsorship
FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation.
Web Site Copyright ©1995-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.