Fresh violence erupted in Cairo on Wednesday as the Egyptian military moved to clear supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi from two encampments, killing at least 30 people.
Reuters reported that the military fired on crowds of women and children after dropping tear gas canisters into the crowds and followed with bulldozers to raze the camps.
Thousands of supporters of Morsi’s elected Muslim Brotherhood government have staged sit-ins throughout Cairo since the army overthrew him last month. At least 300 people have died in violent clashes between the military and Morsi supporters since his ouster.
The violence also comes days after Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump’s UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO Haley slams United Nations, echoing Trump Haley to question US funding of UN: report MORE (R-S.C.) and John McCainJohn McCainUS democracy is in crisis. Trump voters must help us get past it. The rise of Carlson, and the fall of Van Susteren Booker to vote against Tillerson MORE (R-Ariz.) traveled to Egypt, urging the military leaders to hold new elections and quickly shift to civilian rule.
McCain said on Sunday that Congress should consider cutting aid to Egypt if the military cracked down on protesters using violence.
“If they go ahead and crack down in a violent way, I’m afraid the Congress of the United States would have to consider carefully the elimination of aid,” McCain told “Fox News Sunday.”
Some members of Congress, led by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulPaul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday Sanders, Dems defend ObamaCare at Michigan rally MORE (R-Ky.), have pushed to end U.S. aid to Egypt following Morsi’s ouster, with a growing number of lawmakers pressing the Obama administration to label the military move a “coup,”
The White House has declined to use that term, however, because it would trigger laws blocking aid to the world’s most populous Arab nation, threatening U.S. leverage.