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Egypt: Morsi opponents call public into streets

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Supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi clash in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 5, 2013. Tens of thousands of Islamists streamed across a Nile River bridge toward Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, threatening a showdown moments after the top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood defiantly spoke before a cheering crowd of supporters, vowing to reinstate ousted President Mohammed Morsi and end military rule. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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CAIRO (AP) — An umbrella group of opponents of Egypt's ousted president has called the public to join rallies immediately to counter a "malicious plot" by the Muslim Brotherhood, heightening an already raging confrontation in the streets.

The National Salvation Front and youth groups said in a statement late Friday that the Brotherhood has marched into the streets and targeted strategic areas in Cairo "to portray a false image" to the world that they have popular backing and to spark foreign intervention.

They called on the public "to defend popular legitimacy," saying the army can "end this conspiracy" with the help of the people.

Clashes erupted in Cairo and elsewhere Friday night as Morsi backers attacked opponents and government offices.

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