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Report claims Egypt's interim government will use tear gas to break up pro-Morsi sit-ins within 48 hours.

Last modified: 10 Aug 2013 20:14

Egypt's interim government will soon break up rallies by supporters of  ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, according to a media report.

Asharq al-Awsat newspaper claimed on Saturday to have seen plans for evacuating people at the sit-ins, which it said would begin in the next 48 hours. 

The London-based Arabic newspaper said it had learned that the interim government had considered a breaking up the rallies by force, which an unnamed source estimated would cause up to 5,000 deaths. However, it had decided to allow people to leave but not enter protest sites, cutting off water, electricity and food supplies, according to the newspaper.

It reported that water and tear gas would be used to disperse protesters, to be carried out in stages, and that this could take weeks or months.

The article did not state what would happen after three months.