It may be time for John Kerry to emerge from his boat and whisper a soothing word or two:
- EGYPT VICE PRESIDENT ELBARADEI ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION: AFP
- MURSI BACKERS SHOOT, KILL 4 POLICEMEN IN CAIRO STATION: REUTERS
More on the resignation of the long-suffering ElBardei:
Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Mursi.
In a resignation letter to Interim President Adly Mansour, ElBaradei said that "the beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups".
"As you know, I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society, there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus," he wrote.
"It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood."
But fear not: Israel has the Egypt's government's back: recall Israelis, Egyptians Cooperate on Terror. Then again, maybe escalating the region was the point all along.
A picture on the ground from Reuters:
Riot police and army personnel take their positions during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi around the area of Rabaa Adawiya square, where they are camping, in Cairo, August 14, 2013
and things are 'falling' down quickly...
Those curious can follow the events at the following feed below, courtesy of Reuters: