An all-out power struggle has broken out in Egypt, with President Mohammed Morsi’s national security adviser saying Wednesday afternoon a military coup is underway, while the military has vowed to defend its people “against any terrorist, radical or fool.”
“For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup,” the adviser, Essam al-Haddad, said on his Facebook page.
However, there were no immediate reports of any mass military takeovers inside Egypt, as top military officials remain in talks with opposition leaders.
Meanwhile, soldiers from Egypt’s military moved in on a pro-Morsi demonstration in the Cairo suburb of Nasser city, riding on top of armored personnel carriers. Associated Press reporters in various part of Cairo say troops in full combat gear have deployed on strategic bridges and near protest sites.
An aide told Reuters that Morsi has spent the day working at a presidential office in a compound of the Republican Guard in Cairo, but it was unclear if Morsi will be able to return later to his palace.
Witnesses told Reuters that the army is erecting barbed wire and barriers around the compound, and moving in vehicles and troops to prevent supporters from getting to his palace.
Egyptian officials say a travel ban has been issued against Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood chief and deputy chief, according to the Associated Press.
The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) — the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood — is denying that Morsi was placed under house arrest.
Minutes before the military’s deadline for Morsi to resolve the nation’s political crisis passed Wednesday afternoon, the embattled leader called for “national reconciliation,” but said he would not step down.
Millions have packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square to call for the ouster of Morsi, who critics say has set the nation on a path toward Islamic rule.

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