Tanks deployed outside Egypt's presidential palace after violent clashes
The Egyptian army deployed tanks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday morning, following violent clashes between supporters and opponents of President Morsi, Reuters reported.
A witness told the news agency that at least three tanks and two armored troop carriers were stationed outside the palace on Thursday morning. The streets of the capital are now said to be calm.
Clashes over the Egyptian president's controversial draft constitution erupted between pro and anti Morsi demonstrators on Wednesday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Thursday morning.
Five demonstrators were killed and over 300 wounded in what is said to be the worst violence since Morsi took office in June, according to state news agency MENA.
Despite growing unrest, the government insists that a referendum on the draft constitution will go ahead later this month.
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