ISMAILIA, Egypt, July 26 Egyptian military
aircraft patrolled the Suez Canal on Friday to ensure shipping
was not disrupted during a day of rallies by supporters and foes
of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, security sources said.
An official with the authority that runs the Suez Canal, a
major source of foreign currency for Egypt, said shipping was
moving as normal, uninterrupted by the demonstrations gathering
pace in Cairo and other cities.
The security sources said naval vessels were also stationed
at both ends of the canal as a precaution.
Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has urged Egyptians
to demonstrate against "violence and terrorism" on Friday, while
supporters of Mursi, toppled by the military on July 3, called
Violence has flared in various areas since Mursi's ouster,
but some of the worst has been in Sinai, which lies next to the
Suez Canal. Militants have staged a series of raids on security
forces there. The area is particularly sensitive as it borders
Israel, with which Egypt signed a peace deal in 1979.
(Reporting by Yousri Mohamed; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing
by Crispian Balmer)