Thousands of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
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CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces are bolstering positions near a protest camp by supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi after violence that has claimed at least 36 lives across the country and deepened the nation's divisions.
Amid concern that the unrest could spin out of control, Egypt's acting president, Adly Mansour, held talks with the army chief and interior minister today. Officials say Mansour has also met with leaders of Tamrod, or Rebel, the youth movement that organized the mass anti-Morsi demonstrations.
Morsi's supporters have vowed to remain in the streets until the toppled Islamist leader is reinstated. His opponents, meanwhile, have called for more mass rallies to defend what they call the "gains of June 30," a reference to the start of massive protests last weekend to call for the ouster of the president.
There have been no reports of major clashes after dawn this morning, but overnight street battles added to an overall death toll of at least 75 in the past week.
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