Egyptian crisis escalates as army calls for public support to end "terrorism"

The situation in Egypt may heat up further as General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi – the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian armed forces who ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi on 3 July 2013 – calls for the people to take to the streets in support for the military and police forces to take action against "terrorism" and "violence".

This comes as nine people were killed and 86 injured overnight in further clashes between supporters and opponents of the deposed Morsi. Speaking on the anniversary of the 1952 coup against the monarchy, interim president Adli Mansour called for peace, but offered no concessions to supporters of Morsi or the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has blamed security forces for initiating last night’s attacks.

This latest call from the army could escalate the situation further and give public support to the armed forces to clamp down violently on their opponents.