Egypt has experienced weeks of protests and negotiations but things turned deadly this week as the government cracked down on pro-Morsi supporters, leaving more than 600 dead.

Egypt’s security forces resorted to violence on Wednesday as they attempted to disperse two major sit-ins and several smaller protests in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who was favored by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Obama administration said the U.S. strongly condemns the steps taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces, putting more strain on the relationship between Egypt and the United States.

On Thursday, the U.S. embassy issued a warning for all Americans to leave Egypt.

Daria Solovieva, a freelance reporter, has been covering the ongoing clashes in Egypt for the International Business Times and spoke with us from Cairo.