|Egypt braces for massive protests, Sunday death toll rises to 53||
Suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a state satellite station in Cairo on Monday, suggesting an Islamist uprising was picking up pace three months after the army takeover.
Dozens of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed on Sunday in clashes with his opponents and security forces.
According to Reuters, the death toll from the violence across the country rose to 53, state media said, with 271 people wounded in one of the bloodiest days since the military deposed Morsi in July.
Bigger confrontations may shake Egypt this week, with Morsi's supporters calling protests for Tuesday and Friday.
They are likely to be angered by the publication of an interview with Egypt's army chief on Monday in which he told Morsi in February that he had failed as president.
"I told Morsi in February you failed and your project is finished," privately-owned newspaper al-Masry al-Youm quoted Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as saying.
Thousands of Morsi supporters clashed with security forces and army supporters on Sunday on the anniversary of the 1973 war with Israel - meant to have been a day of national celebration.
Authorities had warned that anyone protesting against the army during the anniversary would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist - a hardening of language that suggested authorities would take a tougher line.
Sinai-based militants have stepped up attacks on the security forces since the army takeover and assaults like that in Cairo's Maadi suburb fuel fears of an Islamist uprising like one in the 1990s crushed by then President Hosni Mubarak.
Two people were wounded in the attack on the state-owned satellite station while medical sources said three were killed and 48 injured in a blast near a state security building in South Sinai. A witness said it was caused by a car bomb.
Security sources said gunmen opened fire on the soldiers in Esmailia while they were sitting in a car at a checkpoint near the city on the Canal, a vital global trade route.
Interim president in Saudi Arabia
Meanwhile, Egypt's military-backed interim president Adly Mansour arrived in Saudi Arabia Monday to thank the kingdom, the first country to welcome the July military ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.
Saudi Arabia, which along with other Persian Gulf monarchies has long seen Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood as a threat, welcomed his July 3 overthrow and quickly pledged financial aid to the military-backed authorities.
Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz received Mansour, who arrived in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on his first official trip abroad since he replaced Morsi, who was Egypt's first freely elected leader.
"Visiting the kingdom was a must, as I had to thank the custodian of the two holy mosques (King Abdullah) personally on his supportive stances that comforted the Egyptians," Mansour told the Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat.
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