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Army warns of Egypt collapse

The head of the Egyptian military has warned the ongoing political conflict could lead to the collapse of the state. Seven people have reportedly been shot dead and hundreds injured in Port Said during the funerals of 33 protesters killed in the city

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'Real threat' to Egyptian state after more protests

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (centre) and Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) greet soldiers in October. Credit: Reuters

Egypt's military chief has said that economic, political and social challenges are "a real threat to the security of Egypt and the cohesiveness of the Egyptian state."

Overnight, protesters defied a curfew imposed by President Mohamed Mursi on three Suez Canal cities, attacking police stations.

There were protests after Mursi declared a 30-day state of emergency on Sunday, following a fresh wave of violence over the last week.

General al-Sisi claimed, in comments posted on the army's official Facebook page, that the army would remain "the solid and cohesive block" on which the state rests.

The military assumed power from deposed President Hosni Mubarak at the height of the uprising against him in 2011 before leading the state through an interim period that formally ended with Mursi's election in June last year.

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