Egypt interim president urges celebration of 1973 war anniversary

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Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour called on Egyptians to take to the streets on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the October 1973 war against Israel, and to support the Egyptian army.

Mansour’s speech was aired on state television.

“Be in every district, street and square of Egypt to celebrate your victory [over Israel in 1973] and support your army,” he said.

In the speech, Mansour also stated that the Egyptian state would resume building a nuclear plant in the region of Dabaa. If completed, it would be the country’s first power-generating nuclear plant.

Large parts of Dabaa, located on the Mediterranean coast, were declared government property in 1981 in order to build the nuclear plant.

The speech came as Egyptian police used tear gas to prevent Islamist students from entering a Cairo square that was site of a deadly security crackdown in August, a security official told Reuters on Saturday.

Groups of students tried to enter Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in the Nasr City district when they were stopped by police who fired tear gas to disperse them, the official said.

The attempt to return to Rabaa al-Adawiya comes after Islamists staged anti-military protests on Friday in some Cairo districts and around the iconic Tahrir Square.

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