Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have called for marches after Friday prayers. The Egyptian capital Cairo may thus be poised for fresh killings after more that 600 people were shot two days back.
Egypt is already in a state of emergency and police have been authorised to use live ammunition in self-defence.
The Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather in mosques for Friday prayers and then take to the streets of Cairo.The group’s leaders say they will hold marches under the slogan “the people want to topple the coup”.
In response, a pro-government group has called on people to protect their neighbourhoods and churches throughout the country.
Egypt’s Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army’s overthrow of President Morsi last month.
There are fears of renewed bloodshed after authorities said the police were authorised to use live ammunition to protect themselves and key state institutions from attack.
Meanwhile ,US President Barack Obama has led the international outrage at the bloody crackdown, announcing the cancellation of a joint US-Egyptian military exercise.
“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” he said.