Police arrested 53 Morsi-supporters who were carrying guns, Molotov cocktails and other weapons, media report said. In the capital, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered at downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square and around the Presidential palace in Heliopolis to show their support for the military, which has played a central role in removing Morsi from power.

Similar gatherings of Morsi-opponents were also staged in various cities across the country. Meanwhile, loyalists of the deposed President rallied in Nasr City's Rabia al-Adawiya Square, Giza's Nahda Square near Cairo University and in some other provinces.

The number of pro-military protesters nationwide was estimated at 29 million, based on data collected by satellites and military helicopters. In Cairo's Shubra district, sporadic clashes left at least over a dozen people injured, with some of them suffering gunshot wounds.

(Agencies)

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