Egypt's army chief has called on Egyptians to hold mass demonstrations to voice their support for the military to put an end to "violence" and "terrorism."
Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, said Wednesday he wants Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday in support of a campaign by the army and police against "violence" and "terrorism."
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It was a thinly veiled reference to stepped up attacks blamed on suspected Islamic militants against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and the deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Morsi that have killed dozens.
A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood said that Al-Sisi's call amounts to a threat against the group.
"Your threat will not stop the millions from continuing to gather," Essam El-Erian wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday, calling Sisi "a coup leader who kills women, children and those at prayer."
Around 100 people have been killed since the army deposed Morsi on July 3, most of them supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood who died in street clashes with the military and Morsi's opponents.
Reuters contributed to this report
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