Egypt to deploy soldiers, tanks ahead of strike

By REUTERS
February 8, 2012 22:46

 
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CAIRO - Egypt's ruling generals said on Wednesday they would deploy more soldiers and tanks across the country, an announcement seen as a warning to activists planning a national strike on the anniversary of the otherthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.

Campaigners demanding a swifter transition to civilian rule have called for mass walkouts and civil disobedience on Feb. 11.

At least fifteen people have already died in street fighting in Cairo and the eastern city of Suez in recent days, unrest provoked by the death of 74 people after a soccer match.

Egypt's ruling military council issued a statement saying it would send patrols across the country to "maintain the security ... of public, private and state buildings."

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