Cairo - The Egyptian army erected barbed wire and
barriers around a barracks where embattled President Mohammed Morsi was working,
and deployed armoured vehicles and troops to prevent his supporters marching
from a nearby rally to his palace, witnesses said.
A Reuters journalist saw troops move into place close to
the Rabaa Adaweya mosque area, where tens of thousands of supporters of Morsi's
Muslim Brotherhood are rallied to support the democratically elected president
and what they call constitutional legitimacy.
The army said in an official statement that it was
security the area and denied what it said were reports that it was attacking Morsi's
supporters, saying: "The Egyptian army belongs to all Egyptians."