WOODBURY - Egyptian-Americans are praying for peace back home after a truce has been called following five days of fierce fighting.

The violence on the streets of Cairo and in Tahrir Square has claimed dozens of lives.

Members of the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Woodbury are praying that the violence will end without any more bloodshed.

At the Nile Café in East Meadow, Egyptian-American Ibrahim Osman says protesters should be patient. Osman says he remains optimistic that democracy will gradually unfold.

Protesters are asking the military government to step down immediately. However, the Egyptian military is promising elections will be held next week on schedule, despite the violence.