Cairo Violence Escalates: Reports

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Ongoing unrest in Egypt has left at least 40 people dead, according to published media reports, as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with the military.

Early on Monday the BBC reported that at least 40 people have been killed in a shooting incident in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The Muslim Brotherhood said that its members were fired on at a barracks where they believe the ex-president is being held, according to the BBC. The Egyptian army said that a "terrorist group" had attempted to storm the barracks.

Morsi was overthrown by the country's military last week following a wave of mass demonstrations against his government.

Citing medical sources, Reuters reported that at least 42 people were killed in Cairo on Monday and more than 200 wounded. The Egyptian military said that at least one army officer had been killed and 40 wounded during the clash at the Republican Guard compound, according to Reuters.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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