Rival crowds hold mass rallies in Cairo

The Muslim Brotherhood are staging a demonstration in Cairo's Nasr City district
The Muslim Brotherhood are staging a demonstration in Cairo's Nasr City district Credit: APTN

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's president are staging rival rallies in the nation's capital, four days ahead a nationwide referendum on the new constitution proposed by President Morsi.

The demonstrations got underway just hours after a crowd of masked men set upon opposition protesters staging a sit-in at Tahrir Square, attacking them and their tents with knives and sticks according to security officials.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood supporters Credit: APTN

A health ministry spokesman told Egyptian state news agency MENA at least 11 protesters were wounded in the pre-dawn attack.

Despite the ambush opponents of Morsi remain camped out in Tahrir Square this afternoon.

Opponents of President Morsi remain in smaller numbers in Tahrir Square.
Opponents of President Morsi remain in smaller numbers in Tahrir Square. Credit: APTN

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Rival rallies in Cairo

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Morsi are staging rival rallies in the nation's capital, four days ahead a nationwide referendum on the new constitution.