Key points

  • More than 30 people have been killed across Egypt as fresh clashes erupt between protesters and security forces
  • A heavy military presence has been deployed in Cairo and across the country
  • The latest violence comes two days after security forces cleared protest camps in support of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi
  • Wednesday's bloodshed, in which more than 638 people lost their lives, has drawn international condemnation
  • All times in GMT

Live text

Reporting:

  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Penny Spiller 
  • Claudia Allen 

Last updated 17 August 2013

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Hello and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of events in Egypt as supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood begin fresh protests after Friday prayers.

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The protesters have been asked to gather at mosques around the capital Cairo and march on the city's Ramses Square in what organisers are calling a "day of anger".

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It follows the loss of more than 600 lives on Wednesday when the authorities moved in to break up two pro-Morsi protest camps.

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There are many official checkpoints and armoured personnel carriers around Ramses Square, the BBC's Bethany Bell reports from Cairo.

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Our correspondent says Egypt is holding its breath.

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The police have been authorised to use live fire to protect themselves and public buildings.

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Pro-army groups are calling on people to protect their neighbourhoods and property, Bethany Bell says.

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Alastair Beach, The Independent, Cairo

tweets: Wazarat el Zeraha, a main road leading 2 Gameat el Dowal & Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque, blocked by troops and barbed wire

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Egypt's state media reports that the military is deploying troops to guard "vital installations".

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Entrances to Tahrir Square - the traditional gathering place for anti-Morsi supporters - have been closed with barbed wire and iron barriers, Egypt's privately-owned al-Yawm al-Sabi news portal reports.