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PRAY FOR PEACE: Minnesota man's brother recounts Egypt upheaval

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Regardless of political or religious affiliation, many Egyptians living in Minnesota are simply saddened by what's happening back home.

FOX 9 spoke with Minnesota man Ahmed Al-Beheary and his brother who is living through the chaos and upheaval each day.

The Egyptian American Society estimates there are at least 4,000 Egyptian immigrants living in Minnesota, and some of them have been planting roots since the early 1900s

Al-Beheary is the incoming president of that group and as an American, he's still trying to make sense of this conflict.

"Egyptians are not only heartbroken, they are in a constant state of uncertainty," he told FOX 9 News.

With more than 800 casualties since President Mohamed Morsi was toppled in early July, Al-Beheary is especially concerned about his older brother, who's still in Cairo.

"What I see is a state of terror, people don't want to take their kids to parks anymore, they're afraid of stray bullets," he said.

Al-Beheary checks on his brother each day via Skype or over the phone, and FOX 9 spoke with the two brothers during a check-in on Saturday.

His brother's name could not be mentioned as his life could be at stake.

"If they saw me and they mentioned this guy said this and this and that on the media against us, they may kill me just like that," Al-Beheary's brother said.

The three did not discuss any political or religious subjects, but rather, some perspective what it's like to live in a state of unrest. Al-Beheary's brother said he'd never seen so much violence in his life and is constantly looking over his shoulder.

"There are special forces SWAT teams on the streets and there are choppers and helicopters all over," he said. He remains hopeful the bloodshed will end with Egyptians embracing democracy and the world not judging his people.

"I'm just going to interrupt you, I think what he means by that is, don't judge the book by the cover. If you hear something about Egypt, that does not mean all Egyptians are bad," Al-Beheary said.

Both brothers said Minnesotans can help by praying for peace and being patient for democracy.

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