Middle East

Islamists cancel Cairo rallies for 'security reasons'

International and local media interview an Egyptian police officer lying on his hospital bed on August 18, 2013 as he recovers from gunshots wounds sustained during clashes with supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo. An Islamist alliance opposed to the Egyptian military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi called off rallies that they planned to stage in Cairo on Sunday.

International and local media interview an Egyptian police officer lying on his hospital bed on August 18, 2013 as he recovers from gunshots wounds sustained during clashes with supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo. An Islamist alliance opposed to the Egyptian military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi called off rallies that they planned to stage in Cairo on Sunday.  (AFP)

An Islamist alliance opposed to the Egyptian military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi called off rallies that they planned to stage in Cairo on Sunday, citing concerns about security.

"Several marches in Cairo have been cancelled for security reasons," said Yasmine Adel, a spokeswoman with the Anti-Coup Coalition.

She said some other marches were taking place, however, but it was not immediately possible to confirm.

In central Cairo's Dokki neighbourhood, residents took over a mosque the Islamists had planned to use as a starting point for a march and put up a poster of a slain policeman, an AFP correspondent said.

Vigilantes stopped cars with bearded people and took them out, the correspondent said.

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