Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.
An army official said the military had set Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood an ultimatum, giving it until Saturday to sign up to a plan for political reconciliation which it has so far spurned.
The army has summoned Egyptians into the streets on Friday in an intended turning point in its confrontation with followers of Mursi, the elected leader the generals removed on July 3.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which has maintained a street vigil for a month with thousands of supporters demanding Mursi's reinstatement, has called its own crowds out for counter-demonstrations across Egypt in a "day to remove the coup".