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Egyptians mourn their dead in bloody aftermath

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:16

Aug. 15 - Egyptians mourn their dead the day after more than 500 people lost their lives in a single day of bloody nationwide clashes. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The bodies lie neatly side by side. Their families in disbelief. These are the bodies of Muslim Brotherhood supporters who died in clashes with security forces in Cairo on Wednesday, the bloodiest day in Egypt in decades. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BROTHERHOOD VOLUNTEER, NAHLA, SAYING: ''There were burnt bodies, we were working on documenting the dead since the morning, we would gather the belongings and ID cards of everybody and get the name down to the morgue and then save the belongings." The violence spread from Cairo to other cities. When it was over, the official death toll was at least 525. But volunteers like this Egyptian-American doctor say that figure doesn't tell the whole story. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EGYPTIAN-AMERICAN DOCTOR, MOHAMED AL-MALLAH, SAYING: "A friend of my brother passed away and I came to visit him and to help him in as far as legal paper work for processing the body. He was told that they can't release the body unless he signs that he died of natural of causes and of course he is unwilling to do that because he was shot in the chest yesterday." The other side is mourning ITS dead, too. Hundreds attended this funeral for six policemen killed in the fighting. And the violence may not be over... the Brotherhood is calling for marches to protest the killings.

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Egyptians mourn their dead in bloody aftermath

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 01:16