Egypt denies its police shot live fire at protesters and nerve gas despite videos of rifle fire and doctors’ reports of severe skin disorders.
Egypt's Health Minister Amr Helmi said that medics exposed to tear gas did not show unusual symptoms. Opposition leaders claimed that their doctors discovered unusual and several disorders on people who were exposed to what they is nerve gas.
Wednesday’s death toll reached four and nearly 40 have died since the “Second Egyptian Revolution” began Friday in Tahrir Square and quickly spread to Alexandria.
The stakes are high for Egypt as well as for the United States and Israel.
The provisional military regime is trying to change its image of being Mubarak Number 2, but the rising death toll and filmed brutality has fueled opposition demands for an immediate change in government and investigation into who gave orders to indiscriminately fire at and club demonstrators.
In the video below, police drag away a dead body to the side of a street and leave it there as they return to clearing out rioters.
The peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is endangered by the mayhem and rising anti-American sentiment, said Matan Vilnai, Minister of Israel's Home Front Command and Civil Defense.
“The picture is quite clear,” he said in a radio interview Wednesday. “We've been saying it for months. Apparently what we call the Muslim Brotherhood ... will ultimately be the majority in all the [Egyptian] institutions.
“Once the regime stabilizes, as we expect it to do, we expect that there will be a grave erosion of this agreement. And we have to prepare for such a situation.”
On the other side of the ocean, three American families are fearful for their sons who were arrested and questioned a second time Wednesday for throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces. All three men are students at the American University in Cairo.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, has failed to quiet the opposition by promising to step down, a move protesters fear simply would allow another military officer to take his place. He was hanged in effigy as demonstrators yelled, “Leave. Leave.”
Legislative elections are to take place next week, with the Muslim Brotherhood expected to win a large number of votes, possibly even a plurality.