Egyptian Islamists deploy catapult at sit-in as clash with govt looms

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Islamists supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi have deployed a catapult in one of their sit-ins in Cairo as part of preparations for a likely battle with security forces.

The catapult appeared in pictures circulated on the internet surrounded with walls of sand bags at Ennahda Square, next to Cairo University.

Mursi’s supporters have also built up barricades and stone ramparts using sidewalk bricks at the entrances of their main camp in Rabia al-Adawiyya.

The preparations come as the government vowed to end by force the Islamist sit-ins, which it considers as a national security threat. The security action grew more likely on Wednesday when interim President Adly Mansour declared the failure of international mediation.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi reiterated on Thursday the government’s determination to end the sit-ins, saying there would be no reconciliation with people using violence.

The Muslim Brotherhood have consistently said their protests are peaceful and denied all reports of possessing arms or resorting to violence.

They have said that building defenses around their camps is meant to reduce casualties in case of any clashes with securities.

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