|Egyptians hold demos as army intensifies crackdown||
Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi held demonstrations Friday in several cities across the country, including Alexandria and Port Said, after the Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide rallies in support of Morsi, Press TV reported.
The call came as the Egyptian security forces were hunting for supporters of Morsi after retaking control of a town near Cairo in a crackdown on Islamists.
State television and newspapers said government forces had taken control of the town of Kerdasa but security sources said the area had not yet been stabilized, Reuters reported.
On Thursday, army and police forces stormed Kerdasa where Islamist sympathies run deep and hostility to the authorities has grown since the army overthrew and imprisoned Mursi on July 3.
The violence has revived memories of the 1990s when the state faced an insurgency that hurt tourism, one of the pillars of the economy. Egypt's finances have suffered since the army toppled Morsi following mass protests against his rule.
A police general was shot dead during the Kerdasa operation and at least nine policemen and soldiers were wounded. 85 people were also arrested during the operation.
Army-backed authorities, who say they are waging a "war on terrorism", have arrested top Brotherhood leaders to try to decapitate one of the Middle East's most influential Islamist movements. The army has been mounting operations in the Sinai Peninsula against what it describes as al Qaeda-inspired groups.
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