Egyptian Protests Deadly, Deadline Nears (VIDEO)
CAIRO, EGYPT - Security and hospital officials say seven people have been killed in three separate clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist president in Cairo.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Tuesday's clashes come one day before a military deadline warning President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents to work out their differences or it will intervene with its own political road map to resolve the crisis.
Morsi said on television that he will not step down, and called on the military to withdraw its ultimatum. Supporters of Morsi have also increased their presence in the streets, defending what they say is the legitimacy of the country's first freely-elected president.
Meanwhile, the state news agency reports that Egypt's military has put together a plan of action in case Morsi fails to reach a deal with his opponents by tomorrow's deadline. The plan reportedly would include suspending the Islamist-backed constitution and dissolving the legislature, which is dominated by Islamists.
Fearing an implosion that could throw an important Arab ally into chaos, the Obama administration is wading into the turmoil, delivering pointed warnings to the three main players in the crisis: Morsi, protesters and the military.
U.S. officials said Tuesday they are urging Morsi to immediately address the concerns of the opposition, telling the protesters to remain peaceful and reminding the army that a coup would have consequences for American military aid. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
The officials said Washington has not demanded that Morsi take specific steps, but suggested he call early elections, fire an unpopular prosecutor and express a willingness to explore constitutional change.