Egypt’s interim president has vowed to fight those he said were driving the country towards chaos.
His first public address since taking power two weeks ago came as supporters of Egypt’s deposed leader Mohamed Mursi gathered in large numbers in Cairo.
The show of strength from the Muslim Brotherhood appeared to have little impact on the new leader.
“We will not be scared or alarmed, and we will not go easy on those who kill the innocent. We will fight a battle for security until the end, we will protect the revolution, we will build the nation and we will move forward without hesitation,” said Interim President Adli Mansour.
The Muslim Brotherhood have called for protests after Friday prayers. They still insist Mursi must be reinstated.
But one official hinted at a willingness to see talks, saying the movement had proposed via the EU a framework for dialogue with the military.