CAIRO: The Egyptian armed forces have stepped up security measures nationwide ahead of the fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
“Deployment of military troops is aimed at protecting citizens, public utilities and vital installations and private buildings and confronting any attempt to violate the law or impact the nation’s security and stability.” ” Egypt’s Armed Forces spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement on his Facebook page Friday.
Security patrols and Special Forces of the Egyptian Army are helping police to secure public facilities, bridges, main roads and city centers, said Samir.
Friday’s statement comes amid calls made by Muslim Brotherhood supporters to stage rallies to mark the event. The Interior Ministry has monitored several campaigns launched by social media users calling for a “new uprising on 25 January 2016,” Youm7 reported.
On Jan. 3, the ministry said in a statement it has arrested three people; allegedly belong to the banned Brotherhood group, for running 23 Facebook pages to “incite against state institutions.”
Former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the army in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule.
The deployment of military forces come less than two days after seven policemen and three civilians were killed in an explosion during a police raid on a Giza apartment.