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Thousands march in Rabat in support of Egypt Islamists

Moroccan protestors hold Egyptian flags as they chant slogans during a rally in Rabat against the violence in Egypt and in support of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Aug 16, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in th
Moroccan protestors hold Egyptian flags as they chant slogans during a rally in Rabat against the violence in Egypt and in support of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi on Aug 16, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in the Moroccan capital on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, in support of Islamists in Egypt locked in a deadly showdown with security forces. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Police shoot in the air as they escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstra
Police shoot in the air as they escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in the Moroccan capital on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, in support of Islamists in Egypt locked in a deadly showdown with security forces. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
A plain clothes policeman points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 10,000 peo
A plain clothes policeman points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in the Moroccan capital on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, in support of Islamists in Egypt locked in a deadly showdown with security forces. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
A plain clothes policeman (centre) points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 1
A plain clothes policeman (centre) points his gun as security forces escort Muslim Brotherhood members through supporters of the interim government installed by the army from the Al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo on Aug 17, 2013. Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in the Moroccan capital on Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, in support of Islamists in Egypt locked in a deadly showdown with security forces. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RABAT (AFP) - Around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in the Moroccan capital on Sunday in support of Islamists in Egypt locked in a deadly showdown with security forces.

The crowd carried banners condemning the police operations that have cost hundreds of lives among demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of Egypt's army-ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and posters showing the dead in makeshift morgues in Cairo.

"Soldiers should be carrying out their duty of protecting the nation's territory instead of killing their own people," said Driss Leghroudi, a 33-year-old academic.

"History is repeating itself. It happened in Algeria in 1992 (with its civil war) ... It's Saudi Arabia which is behind it" in Egypt, he charged, as the crowd chanted for the expulsion of the Egyptian ambassador to Morocco.

Morocco initially adopted a neutral stand after last month's toppling of Mursi but the authorities in Rabat have since expressed alarm over the carnage resulting from a security crackdown to remove Mursi's supporters from the streets.

More than 750 people have been killed in violence across Egypt since Wednesday, official figures show.