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Egypt's army chief calls for mass rallies

24 July 2013 Last updated at 21:18 BST

Egypt's army chief has called for demonstrations on Friday to give the military a mandate to confront "violence and potential terrorism".

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he was not calling for public unrest and wanted national reconciliation.

Supporters of Mohammed Morsi have been protesting against the army intervention which removed him as president of Egypt on 3 July.

But the Muslim Brotherhood dismissed Gen Sisi's call as a "threat".

Quentin Sommerville reports.

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