Anger and tension in Egypt following deadly crackdown on pro-Mursi camps

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Anger and tension in Egypt following deadly crackdown on pro-Mursi camps

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There was an explosive atmosphere in Egypt on Thursday as the Muslim Brotherhood held further protests and official buildings came under attack.

The governor’s office in Giza, near the pyramids, was stormed and set alight by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi.

In Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, hundreds marched to protest against Wednesday’s violent breakup of Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo.

“We will come back again for the sake of our martyrs!” the protesters chanted.

Meanwhile the grim task continued of identifying the hundreds killed in the security crackdown.

In Cairo’s Al-Iman mosque, relatives looked for their loved ones among the 228 bodies there – people who were shot or burned to death when the adjacent protest camp was stormed.

Workers at the mosque said those victims had not been included in the official death toll of 525, which includes only bodies at hospitals.

The camps have now been dismantled; flattened by bulldozers and with the pictures of Mursi trampled underfoot, but that does not mean an end to the resistance to the military which has been fueled afresh by the bloodshed.

Army patrols are out on the streets, but no one know if they will be able to keep a lid on the fury felt by millions of Mursi’s supporters.

Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said that anger within the movement was “beyond control”.

“After the blows and arrests and killings that we are facing, emotions are too high to be guided by anyone,” he said.

Friday, the main Muslim day of prayer, is likely to be the flash point after the funerals of those killed have been held, both protesters and police officers.