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Security tightens in Egypt's Luxor

25 July 2013, 14:05

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 officials.

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 Friday.

The army deposed Morsi on July 3 after millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding his resignation and an early presidential election.

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.



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