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Egypt braces for showdown on `Friday of Martyrs`

Last Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 14:31

Zee Media Bureau

Cairo: Even as Mohammed Morsi remains detained at a secret location, supporters of the ousted Egyptian president have called for demonstrations over the weekend.

With Morsi supporters announcing to stage mass protests on the "Friday of martyrs", Egypt braced for escalated violence between the security officials and protesters.

Importantly, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is in a military hospital in Cairo after being freed from a prison to be put in house arrest.

The pro-Morsi National Coalition to Support Legitimacy and Reject the Coup named 28 mosques in the Cairo area as departure points for demonstrations against the legitimacy of the interim government.

Egypt has witnessed unprecedented violent clashes since security forces dispersed two major pro-Morsi sit-ins in the country a week ago. Till now, nearly 1,000 people have been killed across the country, including some 100 policemen.

The alliance has failed over the past three days to organise massive marches, while the Egyptian authorities have detained the Muslim Brotherhood`s top leader Tuesday over inciting violence and killing anti-Morsi protesters.

Islamist groups in Egypt have been accusing Morsi`s ouster in early July as a "military coup".

Morsi, who was democratically elected last year, was deposed by the military on July 3, and is being held at an undisclosed location. He faces charges relating to his escape from prison in 2011 and inciting the deaths and torture of protesters.

Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak two years ago.

In July this year, Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president, was deposed by the armed forces after only one year in office.

The constitution was suspended and an interim government was then installed.

First Published: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 13:29
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