This remarkable photo shows the moment just before Animal NY's Aymann Ismail was jumped by a group of spray paint-wielding Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators—an attack he wrote about in an equally exceptional article. (Just wait until the part where he calls his mother.)
It's the best of a scores of unbelievable photographs taken in Egypt by brave photojournalists over the past few days. Here's a selection:
A protester in support of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi escapes a fire barricade, gasoline bomb in hand. AP photo by Manu Brabo.
One of Morsi's supporters hurls a drinking glass during a clash with Egyptian security forces in the Nasr City district in Cairo. Egyptian police in armored vehicles and bulldozers attempted to disperse the two large encampments housing former President Morsi's supporters. AP photo by Manu Brabo.
A crushed poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, left on the ground outside a mosque near the protest camp in Nasr City, Cairo. AP photo by Khalil Hamra.
A protestor caring the Quran after Egyptian police cleared a sit-in in Nasr City. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
A protestor carrying a poster of former President Morsi, standing amidst the rubble and debris in Nahda Square in Cairo. AP photo by Amr Nabil.
Members of the Egyptian security team after clearing a sit-in in Nasr city. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
Morsi's supporters clash with security forces at the sit-in in Nasr City, Cairo. AP photo by Mohammed Abu Zeid.
A police vehicle plunges off of a bridge close to the sit-in as the driver apparently reversed the vehicle in a panic. AP photo by Aly Hazzaa for El Shorouk Newspaper.
A man mourns a deceased supporter of Morsi, at the el-Iman mosque in Cairo. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
Bodies of Morsi's supporters, laid out on the floor of the el-Iman mosque in Cairo. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa. An Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman says that over 400 people died in the violence.
A group mourns the deceased at the el-Iman mosque. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
A man walks through the burned debris at the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, which was in the center of one of the largest protest camps holding Morsi's supporters. Security forces cleared this camp on Thursday, August 15. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
Morsi's supporters carry a wounded man out of the clashes with security forces in the Nasr City district of Cairo. AP photo by Khalil Hamra.
A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks with a woman close to the sit-in that the police were attempting to clear. AP photo by Imad Abdul Rahman.
A protestor comforts a wounded, fellow Morsi-supporter in Nasr City in Cairo. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
Egyptian police clear the sit-in in Nasr City district of Cairo, by using tear gas and firing weapons. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
Firefighters attempt to clear the flames at the site of the sit-in. AP photo by Ahmed Gomaa.
A protestor in support of the ousted President Morsi gathers wood to burn in a barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City. AP photo by Manu Brabo.
[First image by Aymann Ismail for Animal New York, other images by Manu Brabo, Ahmed Gomaa, Khalil Hamra, Aly Hazzaa for El Shorouk Newspaper, Amr Nabil, Imad Abdul Rahman, Mohammed Abu Zeid via AP]