Listeners respond to WMNF's Ahmed Bedier loss of his brother to bloodshed in Egypt08/16/13 Janelle Irwin
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Security and health officials say 60 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.
As military helicopters circled overhead, residents pelted the Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles.
Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as civilians fired at one another on a bridge in Cairo that crosses over an upscale island neighborhood where many foreigners and ambassadors live.
Security officials say eight people were killed in the Nile Delta province of Dumyat north of Cairo and four people were killed in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya. The cause of their deaths was not immediately clear.
Officials say five policemen also were killed across the country.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Violence erupted after protesters took the streets Friday, responding to the Muslim Brotherhood's call following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when security officials raided two sit-in protests.
The brother of WMNF True Talk host Ahmed Bedier is among those killed during clashes.