msnbc | January 27, 2013
>>> in egypt dozens have been killed in fighting this weekend and egypt 's president has declared a 30-day state of emergency . ayman mohyeldin is in cairo with the latest.
>> reporter: a short while ago president mohamed morsi addressed the nation. he issued a warning describing the protests as counter revolutionary and are damaging public buildings and threatening the lives of ordinary egyptians. as a result the president has declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three of the largest cities of the country. all three of them on the eastern part of egypt . seeing some of the most intense fighting over the past several days. close to 40 people killed at least in the past 48 hours . the president is inviting members of the opposition to come and sit down and try to negotiate a political end to this crisis. for now the opposition block has rejected that. they are calling on more protests and this evening we saw that first hand as we went out to the streets. the police and protesters clashing for a third straight night as the death toll continues to climb.
>> ayman mohyeldin for us in