SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Wednesday marked one of the most violent days in Egypt after more than 280 people were killed, including at least 43 police officers, and that turmoil has many in the Capital Region trying to reach their loved ones overseas.
"I was not able to contact my family today I have no idea what happened," says Saratoga Springs resident Mohamed Amin.
Amin came to the United States in 1986, opening his own shop and starting a new life, but he still follows Egyptian news daily.
"It's a sad day in Egypt of course," he says.
Sad because the state run military has clashed with supporters of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, many of which belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.
"This is just a name, these people have nothing to do with Islam," says Amin.
After living in protest camps for a month in downtown Cairo, and according to Amin attacking and assaulting people on the streets, the Egyptian armed forces took action against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The protesters reportedly responded by burning buildings, attacking and killing civilians and police officers.
To combat violence, a national State of Emergency has been declared and a curfew has been set in several major cities including Cairo where Amin has family living.
"To put a curfew it's a good thing. Twenty-four hours, even a month, it's not a bad thing," Amin says.
That's because anyone caught out during the curfew will be arrested. People Amin believes will likely be the protesters revolting against the government.
Amin says he plans to be up throughout the night monitoring news coming out of Egypt and continuing to try and reach his family.
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