CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers said on Thursday they would withdraw troops from streets where pro-democracy youth activists plan to hold mass protests on Friday to demand a swift transition to civilian rule.
The activists, who spearheaded the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February, have called for a "second revolution" against what they see as foot-dragging on reforms and trials of former officials for graft and abuse of power.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) called in a Facebook message for protesters to exercise caution on Friday, saying there were "suspicious elements trying to take actions that would sow strife between Egypt's people and the military".
It said the army would therefore avoid locations of planned protests and would "rely on the youth of the great revolution to handle organization and security".
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