Egypt's leading religious authority warned of "civil war" on Friday and called for calm after a member of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood was killed ahead of mass rallies aimed at forcing the president to quit.
"Vigilance is required to ensure we do not slide into civil war," the Al-Azhar institute said. In a statement broadly supportive of Islamist head of state Mohamed Morsy, it blamed "criminal gangs" who besieged mosques for street violence which the Brotherhood said has killed five supporters in a week.
There was no immediate sign of trouble as Islamists gathered round a Cairo mosque after weekly prayers to show support for Morsy. His opponents hope millions will turn out on Sunday to demand new elections, a year to the day since he was sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected leader.
"I came to support the legitimate order," said Ahmed al-Maghrabi, 37, a shopkeeper from the Nile Delta city of Mansoura whose hand bore grazes from street fighting there this week. "I am with the elected president. He needs to see out his term."
כתבתי את הספר "היום שאחרי הפצצה האירנית" כשרות למסר השואה "לעולם לא עוד"