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.
The army removed President Mohammed Morsi from power on 3 July, triggering huge street protests by his supporters.
In another development on Wednesday, the US said it was delaying the sale of four F-16 military jets to Egypt.
Washington has said it is examining whether the military takeover constitutes a coup, as US law prohibits the sending of aid to any country whose elected leader is deposed by a military coup.
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