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US caught between rival camps in Egypt

Anti-American sentiment is increasing in Egypt, after US mediators failed Wednesday to foster talks between the army and supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi. With the US caught between rival groups, tensions are dangerously rising.

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Anti-American sentiment is on the rise in Egypt as Western and Arab efforts to mediate a political deadlock failed. With tensions between the two camps threatening to spill over into new violence, both supporters of the army-installed government and the deposed Muslim Brotherhood blame the US for Egypt’s troubles.

Egypt's government vowed Wednesday to forcibly remove pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest camps after US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns left Cairo, without making headway in finding a compromise between the two groups.

Slogans criticising Washington have been commonplace at protests in Egypt since the army removed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi on July 3.

“The US doesn’t have great credibility with any of the sides right now,” said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Centre. “The Muslim Brotherhood accuses the US of betraying democracy and supporting the coup. The army and the new government accuse the US of being supportive of the Brotherhood.”

The Obama administration has refrained from calling Morsi’s removal by the army a coup, and has continued giving military aid to Egypt's new rulers in a move that has angered the Muslim Brotherhood.

Consequently, many young people who called for Morsi’s ouster last month refused to meet with any of the American mediators.

See FRANCE 24’s full report on anti-American feelings in Egypt by clicking in the player above.

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