Egyptians walk past army tanks deployed near the presidential palace in Cairo after five demonstrators died overnight in clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on December 6, 2012. Morsi was expected to issue a statement to address the worst violence since his June election, which has pitted Islamists against an opposition that has escalated protests since he assumed extensive powers on November 22.
In Egypt last night, street fighting in Cairo left at least six dead and almost 500 wounded. Now as evening approaches, opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are pouring around the presidential palace which is ringed by tanks.
Tensions between the Morsi's Islamic Brotherhood supporters and his secular and Christian opposition have been running high since he vastly expanded his powers two weeks ago.
We speak with Noel King, a journalist who's been based in Cairo for 18 months.