The violence in Egypt may seem half a world away to most, but for one Niskayuna man, the crisis hits close to home. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- "I've cried my share of tears and I fear for my friends and even people I don't even know. I fear for the people of Egypt and Egypt itself," said Niskayuna resident Ebro Helmy.
Ebro Helmy has extended family in Egypt. For him, the crisis is heartbreaking.
"My dad lives in Cairo with his wife, and my mom lives in Fayed which is a small town close to Ismailia. My mom told me it was devastating when she got there. She says there are lines for bread and even the bread had rubble in it," said Helmy.
A rising death toll in Helmy's Egypt spiked on Friday when thousands of people from the Muslim Brotherhood took to the armored streets in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Opponents rejected his attempt to gain political strength in a new constitution.
"It's difficult because I can't do anything. I think people need to remember that that's someone's dad or brother or mother or cousin or nephew or sister or niece. The fighting is all for the same cause. It's for a better country, but killing people is not the way to do it," said Helmy.
Nearly 4,000 people have been injured, and the death toll has risen to 700 people. Helmy said he still has hope that his homeland will make peace again. S
"I think Egypt is at a real crossroads at this moment. Of course any revolution is going to have violence, but I think people need to stop and think about their actions because killing people doesn't solve anything," said Helmy.