CAIRO - Tensions between rival Egyptian political factions erupted into scuffles on Friday during a protest against a court ruling that acquitted officials from Hosni Mubarak's era of ordering a camel charge against demonstrators in last year's uprising.

While the activists were united in anger at the court ruling, supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi threw stones and bottles at each other, showing feelings still run high between rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy.

The charge by men on camels and horseback was one of the most violent incidents during the uprising that ousted Mubarak in February 2011. The case has been closely watched by those seeking justice for the hundreds killed in the revolt.

A court on Wednesday said it did not find evidence to convict the defendants in the case, including top Mubarak-era officials such as former lower house of parliament speaker Fathi Sorour and Safwat Sherif, a longtime Mubarak aide.

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