Egypt awaits army statement after deadline passes

12:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Egypt awaits army statement after deadline passes

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Egyptians are awaiting a televised statement on the country's political crisis, as a deadline set by the army for a resolution to the turmoil passed.
Tensions are high in Egypt as an army ultimatum for President Mohammed Morsi to resolve deadly unrest approaches. Clashes broke out at rival protests across the country overnight, with at least 16 pro-Morsi protesters killed at a demonstration at Cairo University. The army has said it will shed its blood to defend Egypt against "any terrorist, radical or fool".