(CBS News)-- The death toll reached 638 Thursday night in Egypt as angry supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi staged protests and burned buildings.
Earlier, iside the al Iman Mosque, one could see the human face of the suffering caused by yesterday's brutal crackdown.
There were row after row of bodies wrapped in shrouds, brought there because there wasn't any room left at the morgue.
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They were covered in bags of ice to keep them from decomposing in the stifling heat.
People sprayed air freshener in a futile attempt to combat the stench of decay.
All day long there was a steady stream of bodies leaving the mosque and frantic relatives arriving, hoping to find their loved ones and bring them out for burial.
But for many, the nightmare wasn't over.
Ahmed Bedier came to Egypt from his home in Tampa, Florida to attend a family wedding this week. His brother lives in Cairo. He took a break from the demonstrations he was taking part in to go too.
"He had a chance to see the whole family and say goodbye to all of us...we didn't know it was going to be the last time [we would see him]" Bedier said as he pointed to his body.
The father of two young girls was among the protestors. Early Thursday morning, Ahmed came to the mosque and saw he was also among the victims.
"It was too emotional. He was too young to die," Bedeir said as he fought back tears.
He said when he tried to take his brother home, he faced another outrage from the government.
Bedier said they told him, "If you want to take the body now you have to agree that this was a natural death."
"He died of natural causes. That's what it would say on the death certificate when there's an obvious gunshot wound to the neck," he said.
He's not alone. Others in the mosque complained about the same thing.
My brother's number here at this makeshift morgue was 261. I know there are 261 bodies here. Some of them are charred, some of them are children. Ive never seen so much death. "