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Egypt army blocks access to Republican Guard House amid protests

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The Egyptian army has blocked streets leading to the Republican Guard House in Cairo, to stop supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi from reaching the building, a correspondent for Al Arabiya reported Friday.

Egypt TV reported earlier Friday that Mursi supporters were marching to the Republican Guard House. A military spokesman warned them against violence.

The Defense Ministry said it would coordinate with the army to confront violence by protesters.

The protests began after Friday prayers from 18 mosques across the capital, amid heightened political tensions more than two weeks after Mursi’s overthrow on July 3, Agence France Presse reported.

It “will be a famous day, a very important day in the history of the Egyptian revolution,” prominent Muslim Brotherhood member Farid Ismail told AFP.