Brotherhood, police hold mass funerals across Cairo
An Egyptian man walks between lines of bodies wrapped in shrouds at a makeshift morgue in Cairo on August 15, 2013, following a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of Mohamed Morsi. (AFP)
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A large number of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi gathered on Thursday morning in the Iman mosque on Makram Ebeid Street in Cairo for the funerals of the victims that fell during the clearing of their sit-ins.
Intending to stage another sit-in there, they formed popular committees to protect themselves from any police attacks, and broke up the sidewalks to build barricades, closing off the street.
There are no army or police forces in the vicinity, which the protesters say is a sign that they will soon be attacked.
Traffic is congested in the area, and passersby are being frisked, which raised fears that the area might turn into a replica of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and leaders of the police and armed forces attended a funeral for police victims at a mosque in Darasa.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement that it is mourning the martyrs and heroes who gave their lives to the restoration of the security and safety of citizens, adding that it will continue to pursue terrorist elements among the protesters.
On Wednesday, Ibrahim said at a press conference that 43 members of the police forces were killed during the crackdown.