Egypt military orders demonstrators away from palace

December 6, 2012 13:49

CAIRO - Egypt's Republican Guard, which deployed around the presidential palace on Thursday, said demonstrators must evacuate the area by 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), the presidency said in a statement.

Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist supporters clashed on Wednesday night and Thursday morning during rival demonstrations that were sparked by Morsi's decision last month to expand his powers.

A Reuters witness said some of the hundreds of Morsi's backers who had camped overnight around the palace perimeter had started leaving before the deadline.

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