Tense Egypt braces for rival demos on war anniversary
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt on Sunday braced for rival demonstrations called by supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi as it marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Security forces and vehicles were deployed around the main squares of the country, where protesters were expected to turn out in a show of support for the army that ousted Mursi in July.
People, carrying pictures of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, trickled into Cairo's Tahrir Square, the symbolic heart of Egypt's 2011 uprising, as military jets in formation flew overhead.
For weeks authorities have been drumming up patriotic fervour in state media, amid the worst political divisions Egypt has seen in recent history.