CAIRO - Egypt's interim leaders are still debating how to end protests by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday, signalling no imminent police crackdown on the sit-ins.
After a National Security Council meeting late on Monday, Al-Ahram cited presidential sources as saying security forces were likely to cordon off the Islamist protest camps rather than take a more forceful approach that could lead to bloodshed.
The two main camps at Cairo's al-Nahda Square and around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque have become the focus of the political crisis since Morsi's overthrow by the military on July 3.
Thousands of his supporters have gathered there, denouncing the toppling of Egypt's first freely elected leader and saying they will stay until he is freed from detention and reinstated.
That poses a problem for the military-installed government as it presses on with its own plan for elections in nine months.
Some officials wish to avoid a bloody showdown, which would damage the government's efforts to present itself as legitimate, while hardliners in the army and security forces fear they are losing face to the Muslim Brotherhood and want to move in.