Egypt braces for 'Friday of anger' as UN urges restraint from all sides
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's Islamists have called for a "Friday of anger" after nearly 600 people were killed in a crackdown on their protest camps, as the United Nations urged "maximum restraint" from all sides.
The call raised fears of fresh violence and tested the commitment of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, after officials said 578 people were killed in Wednesday clashes, Egypt's bloodiest day in decades.
Renewed attacks on security forces were staged during a tense day on Thursday, with at least seven soldiers and a policeman killed in the Sinai Peninsula and another police officer killed in the central city of Assiut.
With the country under a state of emergency and many provinces hit by night-time curfews, the interior ministry ordered police to use live fire if government buildings came under attack.