Morsi Supporters Remain Defiant, Despite Crackdown

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- More than 300 protesters were killed and thousands more wounded when the military cleared two protest camps in Cairo Wednesday. At least 40 police officers died during the fighting.

Egypt's military maintained an overnight curfew and declared a month-long countrywide state of emergency.

Those decisions followed the worst violence in two years when the army stormed two sprawling sit-in demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood demanding the reinstatement of former President Mohammed Morsi.

While many nations, including the United States, condemned the violence, Egyptian authorities said they could not allow the anarchy to continue within their capital.

Some Egyptian media also reported the Muslim Brotherhood used the camps as mini-terrorist bases to torture and murder "collaborators" and rape women.

Despite the military crackdown, the Muslim Brotherhood remained defiant, calling for more demonstrations.

CBN News terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck, author of The Brotherhood, America's Next Great Enemy, warns the end is not in sight.

"Anyone who thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is just going to go quietly here and just go away and accept military rule does not understand the Brotherhood, does not understand their ideology, does not understand their history," Stakelbeck said.

"This is a group that is steeped in violence and jihad," he explained. "They're the original Islamic terrorist group. I predict and I fear that the Brotherhood will declare a jihad against the Egyptian military. Things will get bloodier and a whole lot more nasty before they get better."

During and after Wednesday's crackdown, things got much worse for Egypt's Christians. The Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters attacked dozens of churches, Christian businesses, and individuals.

The Brotherhood blames Egypt's Christians for supporting the ouster of Mohammed Morsi. Their retaliation is putting Egypt's Christian minority at great risk. They're asking Christians worldwide to pray for their protection.

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