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Egypt in ferment as military clears up Mursi camps

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:25

Aug. 15 - Egypt's military clears up the remains of the Cairo sit-in camps under a seething cloud of tension as pro-Mursi supporters vow to continue to protest despite a crackdown that has left hundreds dead. Jessica Gray reports.

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All that remains of a pro-Mohamed Mursi camp in eastern Cairo following a day of violence that saw more than 520 people killed nationwide. On Thursday, residents and workers began clearing the area around Rabaa el-Adawiya mosque, where the larger of two sit-ins was staged before security forces stormed the area on Wednesday. Much of the camp was left charred and ruined, while security in the area remained tight. There were similar scenes at the smaller sit-in in the capital's west near Cairo University, parts of which were also damaged. Despite the high death toll, some who work at the university backed the police intervention and said Egypt could now move forward. The crackdown by Egyptian security forces defied Western appeals for restraint and a peaceful resolution between the Muslim Brotherhood group and the military after it toppled President Mohamed Mursi in July. The mood in many Egyptian cities remains tense as residents brace for the possibility of fresh violence amid new calls for a march in the capital later on Thursday to protest the deaths. The Brotherhood said it would bring down the "military coup" but reiterated that it would only use peaceful means.

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Egypt in ferment as military clears up Mursi camps

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:25