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Ellison calls for cutoff of U.S. aid to Egypt; Capitol Hill divided

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Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison says the U.S. should cut off all of the financial aid it provides to Egypt in light of last week's military crackdown that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Ellison is a Democrat who represents the Fifth District and is the only Muslim serving in Congress. He told ABC's "This Week" the U.S. should tell Egypt it will restore aid "when you stop the bloodshed in the streets," the Associated Press reports.

The AP reports many Republicans agree with Ellison. But one important GOP voice who disagrees is Peter King, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. As the Los Angeles Times reports, King says cutting off all of the $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt would leave the U.S. with no leverage in the country.

According to an AP report from Cairo, the situation there did not improve over the weekend. More street clashes were reported, as soldiers continued arresting supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Fox 9 spoke with the Minnesota man who is the incoming president of the Egyptian American Society, Ahmed Al-Beheary, and his brother who lives in Cairo. The pair described the uncertainty that comes with the ongoing street violence brings.

Here's the "This Week" segment that includes Ellison:

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