Pro-Morsi supporters in Egypt start new vigil

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A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi waves a national flag as he stands on a barrier recently set up where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. An international human rights group has warned of a "bloodbath" if Egypt's new leadership uses force to end sit-ins by loyalists of the country's ousted president. The statement by Human Rights Watch came as Mohammed Morsi's followers called for new mass rallies across the country on Friday in defiance of a government order to disband.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi have expanded their vigils in Cairo, starting a third near the capital's international airport. That's in defiance of threats from authorities to break-up their sit-ins.

The new vigil started Friday in the eastern Cairo neighborhood of Heliopolis, close to the airport. Protester Hani el-Shafei said thousands of supporters already set up tents and blocked traffic. He said a military helicopter flew over the new sit-in.

On the other side of town, an official said security forces lobbed tear gas canisters at pro-Morsi supporters who tried to storm a complex housing most of Egypt's private television stations.

The expanding protests follow threats from authorities that they would besieged and break up pro-Morsi vigils, describing them a "threat to national security."

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