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Egypt army chief urges rallies, Islamists warn of war

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Egypt's army chief called Wednesday for rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence," in comments Islamists denounced as a call to "civil war" ahead of their own protests. 

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood raises a picture of Mohammed Morsi during a demonstration in Cairo, on July 19, 2013. Egypt's army chief has called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence", in comments quickly slammed as a "threat" by a senior Islamist who vowed to continue protests.

With tensions already running high three weeks after the military ousted president Mohamed Morsi, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's call for demonstrations raises the prospect of further deadly violence.

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