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Security forces deployments beefed up around pro-Morsi sit-ins

Amid speculations that weeks-long pro-Morsi sit-ins were to be dispersed Monday, security forces augmented in their vicinities but have yet heard orders to act

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 12 Aug 2013
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An informed interior ministry source tells Ahram Online Monday that the presence of security troops has been enhanced in the vicinities of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.

Reinforcements have been sent in front of the Giza security directorate and above Al-Gamaa Bridge, both near Al-Nahda sit-in, the source said.

Forces have also been deployed on nearby Salah Salem, Youssef Al-Assal and Al-Hay Al-Sabie roads near the Brotherhood-led sit-in in Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Nasr City in east Cairo,

"But, no orders to disperse [the protests] have yet been handed out," adds the source.

Several media reports claimed on Sunday that a dispersal of the sit-ins was planned to take place in the early hours of Monday.

In response, the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called on police and the armed forces not to disperse their sit-ins by force, affirming that their protests will remain peaceful.

On Wednesday, Egypt's presidency issued a statement describing the Brotherhood-led sit-ins as non-peaceful. PM Hazem El-Beblawi also said in a televised speech that the decision to disperse the pro-Morsi sit-ins is final.

Supporters of Morsi — the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies — have been staging two sit-ins, at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in the Nasr City district of Cairo and Al-Nahda Square in Giza, as well as daily rallies demanding Morsi's reinstatement since his popularly-backed army ouster 3 July.

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