Dozens of people have reportedly been killed after Egyptians joined mass rallies for and against the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
In Cairo, anti-Mursi demonstrators filled Tahrir Square – heeding a call from the head of army to give him a popular mandate to confront the violence.
“I am asking the army to stay to achieve the demands of the road map and to strongly support us, so that Egypt’s fine,” said one man.
A woman added: “We say no to terrorism, no to violence, no to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
As the anti-Mursi demonstrators rallied, the Muslim Brotherhood claims at least 23 supporters of the ousted president were killed elsewhere in the capital.
The army’s newly-installed interior minister has said that vigils held by supporters will soon be brought to an end.
Seven deaths were also reported in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria.
Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, in Cairo, said: “These are defining moments that Egypt is experiencing now, especially after the crowds responded to the call from the Egyptian army, which took a gamble to get the green light to resolve political differences and security tensions at the same time.”