Egypt bloodshed could bring violent insurgency


(CBS News) Egyptians faced continued violence Friday as the Muslim Brotherhood called for a "day of rage" in response to this week's unprecedented bloodshed. More than 600 Egyptians died when security forces cracked down on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The broad concern is that an insurgency may now take root in the once-unified country, CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward said Friday on "CBS This Morning."

"Egypt was always a bulwark of security in the region because it had unity...Egyptians were really bonded," Ward explained, adding that now, "the very social fabric of this country is being torn apart," leaving room for a mounting insurgency.

"Everybody is very worried we're going to see a swell in the ranks of extremist groups" emerge from the unrest, Ward said, noting that "the Muslim Brotherhood is going deep underground."

"We're going to see young men who are angry who feel they cannot affect change at the ballot box and that the only way to do this is through violence."

Ward added that anti-American sentiment is particularly high in recent weeks and despite President Obama's statement on the turmoil Thursday, "the U.S. looks confused in terms of what's our policy [toward Egypt]" Ward said.

"We won't call this a coup even though it clearly was a coup. We condemn the violence but we don't take back the aid," she explained.

"I was shocked to see how high the level of anti-Americanism is. The government is really whipping up that sense of fervor, saying 'America supports the Muslim Brotherhood,'" Ward reports.

The clashes have not yet escalated to a "civil war situation" according to Ward but "we are looking at a return to a police state," she said, referring to the nearly three-decade presidency of ousted leader Hosni Mubarek whose rule was characterized by unchecked power, corruption, and police abuse.