TODAY   |  July 27, 2013

Death toll rises amid protests in Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in rival political rallies in various Egyptian cities on Friday and the violence continued into the night, with reports of at least 100 people killed. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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>> good morning, lester. the official death toll has gone up to 38. it's important to emphasize, there's a huge discrepancy in the death toll . late last evening when it began until this morning, many fatalities were taken to a facility. according to them, the death toll is at 120. you get a sense of why there's a discrepancy. according to eyewitnesses and people who participated in the protest, they say they came under live fire by the police when they were trying to continue a march from the sit-in to a nearby area in cairo. now the police insist they did not use live ammunition . they were trying to break up a crowd of protesters clashing with one another and they only used tear gas . all of this came on the day the military called for hundreds of thousands of egyptians to go to the street and support what it was trying to do here in the country. more importantly, skeptics are afraid the show of force in support of the military will mean the military and police will attempt to break the sit-in protest that's been in place since morsi was ousted from power. many feel the violence we saw last night and over several weeks, could once again repeat itself. that is the volatility. ha is the anxiety many have this morning.

>> thanks very much.