From France24 is news that the ex-President is urging Egyptian security forces to show greater restraint. Said Carter:
"I am deeply concerned that the ongoing violence in Egypt is rapidly eroding the chances for dialogue and a road to reconciliation. The recent confrontations have already resulted in hundreds of deaths, and turning against one another will only lead to more pain and suffering."
In the last four days, there have been reports of over 750 people killed from the violence this week, following the crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
News came of a 24-hour standoff between the security forces and an anti-government group of protesters trapped in a Cairo mosque late Saturday afternoon from the WallStreetJournal.
Security forces in armored personnel carriers were said to have surrounded the al Fatah Mosque, according to the WSJ report, with tanks and snipers on the roofs of nearby buildings. These appeared to the reporter to have fired the opening shots at about 1:30 p.m., although Egyptian state TV reported that there were gunmen in the minaret who fired first.
Onlooker Ahmed Atef, 32 years old, was quoted by WSJ:
"No one inside has any guns, so why are they shooting them?"
One WSJ reporter observing the violence and bloodshed, saw it as the opening of "Pandora's Box."