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Violence in Egypt Hits Home for NDSU Student

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Another day of violence escalates to horrific new levels. Hundreds of people are dead as violence erupts in Egypt. Officials there say more than 600 people have been killed and more than 3,700 injured in clashes across the country between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

Egypt's military-backed government is now firing live ammunition against opponents Thursday. The political unrest is hitting home for a college student in Fargo. The news feed on NDSU student's Ahmed Elbaradei's facebook page is filled with grief.

"This is a picture of a mom crying at the body of her son," says Elbaradei.

He says what's taking place in his country is sad.

"What's happening is that more than 500 people are killed," says Elbaradei.

Ahmed says people who are speaking out for what they believe are being killed for it.

"Sometimes I wish I was there, changing people's opinions, telling them that these people are just like us. They just have a different opinion," says Elbaradei.

Ahmed is scared for his family, his friends,

"I'm scared that there will be no settlement that we are not on the right track," says Elbaradei.

Although Ahmed has to watch what's going on in Egypt from countries away, he says it's thanks to social media and his cell phone that he can make sure his family and friends are safe.

"This is an app where it lets me text internationally," says Elbaradei.

Ahmed says so far he has not heard of any loved ones being killed,
but fears for the worst if the horrific violence continues.

"Everybody I know has somebody that has been killed or badly injured. It's just bad what is going on there," says Elbaradei.

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