Cairo - Backers and opponents of Mohammed Morsi are to hold rival rallies in
Cairo on Friday, raising fears of violence over the military's overthrow of the
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group will hold a mass protest in eastern Cairo
to demand his reinstatement. The group has denounced Morsi's overthrow as a
coup and vowed peaceful protests until its demands are met.
The army this month removed Morsi - the country's first democratically
elected president - after millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding
His opponents, mostly liberals, plan to hold a mass rally in Cairo's Tahrir
Square to demand that the military-backed interim president amends a road map
that includes drafting a new constitution and holding presidential and
Dozens have been killed in violence since Morsi's toppling on 3 July. More
than 50 Brotherhood supporters were killed this week when the army opened fire
on protesters outside a building where Morsi is believed to be held. The army
said gunmen attacked first.
Gunmen on Friday attacked a police armoured vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula,
killing a senior officer and injuring 25 policemen.
On Wednesday, an army general survived an attack in Sinai.