Hard-line Islamists rally in Egypt against liberal-led protests that have turned deadly

Around 5,000 mostly hard-line Islamists are rallying in Egypt against a recent wave of anti-government protests that have killed around 70 people.

The latest cycle of clashes between protesters and police began three weeks ago on the second anniversary of the start of Egypt's uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Friday's rally, organized by Gamaa Islamiya, is largely seen as a denunciation of those protests, which were staged by liberal activist groups against President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The rally is not expected to reach massive numbers because Egypt's most powerful Islamist parties are not officially participating.

The Muslim Brotherhood says it will only have a symbolic presence at the protest being held outside Cairo University while the more conservative Salafi parties have declined official participation.