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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.

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Rival crowds hold mass rallies in Cairo

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 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. Credit: APTN

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