As the death toll in Egypt continues to rise from clashes between police and supporters of its ousted Islamist president, those with ties to the country in New York are divided on what should happen next.
On Thursday, some residents living in Astoria who spoke with NY1 blamed both the Muslim Brotherhood for its extreme version of Islam, and the Egyptian army for using military force to oust President Mohamed Morsi.
"It's a big game I do not believe anyone. I believe Egyptian people must not die. I don't like this way the military takes government. I don't like this," said one Egyptian New Yorker.
"The Muslim Brotherhood wanna do like Syria. They wanna make the world, they wanna take over everything, just like Syria, Syria is the same thing, have the Muslim and Muslim Brotherhood," said another Egyptian New Yorker.
Presidents of Iran, Turkey, China, Germany, Italy and France are joining the international chorus of condemnation.
Denmark has gone one step further, suspending economic aid to Egypt.
Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama took a break from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to speak out on the escalating violence in Egypt.
He says the U.S. has scrapped joint military exercises with the country scheduled for next month, and extended condolences to families of hundreds killed in clashes over the last 48 hours.
"The United States strongly condemns the steps taken by Egypt's interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps freedom, or might makes right," Obama said.
On Thursday, Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood stormed government buildings, setting them on fire.
It came a day after military forces stormed protest sites.
In clashes that followed, more than 500 people were killed and almost 4,000 injured.
Egypt's military government has declared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew, and authorized police to use deadly force against anyone attacking government buildings.