Security forces put up barbed wire at pro-Morsi rally

Security forces have put up barbed wire and formed a human chain to contain supporters of the ousted Egyptian president at a rally in front of the Rabaa mosque in Cairo.

Some demonstrators said they would die before allowing him to be removed from office.

One supporter told Reuters news agency: "God willing we will not leave here until the president we voted for under the name of God and his prophet is reinstalled in office, or else we shall become martyrs."

Read: Report: Security forces prepare to clear pro-Morsi rally

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US calls for Morsi's release

The US State Department has called on Egypt to release the deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.