Conflict & Justice

Egyptian Army General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Warns of Possible 'Collapse of the State'


A woman supporting protesters carries a spray bottle to fend off the effect of tear gas fired by riot police during clashes with protesters on Qasr el-Nil bridge, in Cairo January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3D4PS



Egyptian General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, warned on Wednesday, about a possible "collapse of the state."

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Al Sisi, who serves as defense minister, said the Egyptian state could fall apart if the country's political forces don't reconcile.

His warning comes amid a wave of protests and violence that's left more than 50 people dead.

Cairo has seen a lot of unrest, but some of the worst violence has taken place in the city of Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal.

David Kirkpatrick, Cairo Bureau chief for The New York Times, has just returned from the city.

He tells anchor Marco Werman Port Said is now in a state of anarchy.