Egypt forces on high alert amid rallies

Supporters of the ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, rally against the military-backed government in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on September 13, 2013.

Egypt security forces are on high alert as fresh pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations are held in several cities across the North African country.

The nationwide demonstrations dubbed œLoyalty to Martyrs™ Blood” have been called by Brotherhood™s top member, Essam el-Erian.

He has asked the group™s supporters to take to the streets on Friday, Saturday and beyond.

In Cairo, a number of streets leading to main squares have been sealed off to block protests.

Demonstrations are under way in Alexandria, Menoufiya, Suez, Port Said and the city of el-Arish in northern Sinai.

Sporadic counter-rallies in favor of the Egyptian army have also been reported in Cairo.

Egypt™s state news agency said police forces fired tear gas to disperse crowds after clashes erupted between pro and anti-Brotherhood demonstrators in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla.

El-Erian, who is the deputy head of Freedom and Justice Party – the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood – said earlier this week that the intelligence services of Israel and Saudi Arabia were involved in preparations for the early July military coup d™Ã©tat against former president, Mohamed Morsi.

He added that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided the necessary funds for the removal of Morsi from power.

Tensions have escalated in Egypt since Morsi was deposed by the military on July 3.

On July 5, Brotherhood supreme leader, Mohamed Badie, said the move against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the streets until the reinstatement of the ousted president.

The government of army-appointed interim President Adly Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including Badie, who was detained on August 20.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a fatal crackdown on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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