Luxor - Egyptian authorities on Thursday deployed army and
police troops at key institutions in the southern city of Luxor after a foiled
attempt by Islamist protesters to storm the city's airport, said security
Armoured vehicles and tanks were positioned around the
airport, museums, police buildings and hotels in Luxor, which is one of Egypt's
key tourist locations.
The city's Muslim Brotherhood and allied Islamists have
vowed to escalate their protests against the army's overthrow of president
Mohammed Morsi earlier in the month.
"Any attempt to break the law, spread chaos or attack
public or private buildings will be firmly dealt with," said a local security
official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The unrest comes a day after Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah
al-Sissi called on Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to give the army
a mandate to deal with what he called "violence and terrorism", signalling
a possible crackdown on Islamists.
The Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, has denounced
al-Sissi's call as inciting "civil war" and vowed huge protests on
The army deposed Morsi on July 3 after millions of Egyptians
took to the streets demanding his resignation and an early presidential
The Brotherhood has condemned the Morsi's toppling as a coup
and vowed to protest until he is restored to office.
Dozens have been killed in Egypt since Morsi's overthrow.