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Security forces fail to start clearing operation at dawn as promised

Last modified: 12 Aug 2013 11:25

Egyptian security forces held off on Monday from launching operations at dawn to disperse supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Security sources and a government official had said police would take initial action against Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in two areas of Cairo early on Monday to end a six-week street standoff between crowds demanding Morsi's reinstatement and the government installed after the army toppled him on July 3.

It was not clear whether police would start a risky confrontation with thousands of supporters of Egypt's first democratically elected president later in the day.