Egypt's armed forces said on Friday that it will not allow acts of revenge between rival factions and assaults on party offices and public properties, calling for reconciliations ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi.
In a statement posted on its Facebook, the armed forces warned against “falling into an endless circle of revenge,” saying it was keen to avoid any extraordinary or arbitrary measures against any faction or political movement.
The United States had pressed Egypt on Thursday to avoid the “arbitrary arrests” of previous regime officials.
Following Mursi's ouster a number of Islamist-linked television stations were taken off air and top Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested.
The ousted president was placed under house arrest and is due facing judicial action next week in what Islamists see as a campaign of revenge mounted against them by members of the Mubarak's regime believed to be still holding key state and security positions.
The army’s statement said it respects the right to peaceful demonstration, but warned against violence and civil disobedience that “harm the social peace.”