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Cairo - Egyptian authorities tightened security in and around Cairo on Sunday ahead of rallies called by backers and opponents of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, whom the army toppled in July.
Soldiers were manning checkpoints on all access roads to the capital and outside key state institutions, local media reported.
The police and army were toughening security in central Cairo's Tahrir Square, where Islamists and military supporters were planning their rival demonstrations later on Sunday.
Barbed wire and barricades blocked traffic to the square as security personnel were deployed with sniffer dogs outside the nearby National Museum.
Metal detectors were also installed at entrances to Tahrir to prevent weapons from being smuggled into the square.
An alliance led by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood called for anti-military protests in Tahrir Sunday, which marks Army Day and the 40th anniversary of the Egyptian-Israeli war.
Army supporters have also vowed to rally in Tahrir, raising fears that there could be violence.
Hundreds of people have been killed in Egypt since Morsi's overthrow in clashes involving his supporters, opponents and security forces.
Morsi's Brotherhood and its Islamist allies have denounced the ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected president as a coup and vowed to continue protesting until he is reinstated. - Sapa-dpa