Mursi backers rally as post-holiday crackdown looms
CAIRO (AFP) - Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi rallied on Sunday to demand his reinstatement, even as officials said a "gradual" break-up of their protest camps was imminent.
Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, meanwhile, announced a last-ditch effort to resolve the tense political standoff and called for reconciliation talks between the rival sides.
Before the police finally moves in, Mursi loyalists are to be given fresh warnings to evacuate the two protest camps erected in Cairo since the army ousted the Islamist leader on July 3, security officials told AFP.
They did not give a date for the launch of operations but the interim government has repeatedly warned the camps will be dismantled after the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr which came to a close on Sunday.