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Egypt's army warns against violence during Friday protests


08:38, July 19, 2013

CAIRO, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian armed forces on Thursday warned against any acts of violence targeting military facilities or state institutions during the Friday protests called for by rivaling parties.

"Freedom of expression is a right for everyone and it is protected by the armed forces," Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali said in a statement, warning that any attempt to resort to violence or to disturb public order will not be tolerated.

"Whoever resort to violence and deviate from peacefulness during tomorrow's demonstration will risk his own life," the military spokesman said.

Meanwhile, he reiterated the army's commitment to protecting all peaceful protesters across the nation in coordination with the Interior Ministry.

The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies called for nationwide protests on Friday to express solidarity with the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who they say is the legitimate ruler of Egypt.

Also, the "Rebel" Tamarud campaign called for mass protests to stress the demands of June-30 demonstrations that deposed the Islamist president, condemning what they described as terrorist activities of Morsi's supporters.

On Monday, at least seven people were killed and 261 others injured in clashes that erupted in Cairo between the supporters of Morsi and security forces.

On July 8, at least 53 people were killed in clashes outside the compound of the Republican Guard in Cairo's Nasr City, where Morsi is reportedly detained. The Brotherhood accused security forces of killing peaceful protesters expressing support for Morsi, but the army said they were only responding to attacks staged against them.

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