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Egypt braces for potential violence ahead of Islamists' plan for major new protest

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CAIRO — Egyptians are bracing for potential violence ahead of a planned major protest by Islamists calling for the toppling of the government, with security forces vowing to confront any unrest with "lethal force."

PHOTO: Egyptian couple walks past a concrete barrier surrounding the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Egypt's interior minister warned Tuesday that his forces will use deadly force to counter any assault against public facilities in a message coming just ahead of a planned protest by Islamists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian couple walks past a concrete barrier surrounding the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Egypt's interior minister warned Tuesday that his forces will use deadly force to counter any assault against public facilities in a message coming just ahead of a planned protest by Islamists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

The Islamists' call for nationwide rallies Friday is the first attempt in months to hold large protests in the face of an overwhelming crackdown. It remains uncertain whether they will succeed in pulling large numbers into the streets.

Security forces deployed in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Thursday evening. Many Egyptians say they are canceling social gatherings, avoiding public transportation and remaining home Friday, fearing that bombings or other attacks could take place.

The crackdown was launched after the military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after protests against him last year.

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