Scattered reports are emerging from Egypt that a military coup may be underway. The coup was predicted by some when the army gave President Morsi an ultimatum to comply with protestors' requests by today. He hasn't, and now the army appears to be rolling in.
Military vehicles heading in direction of pro Morsi rally pic.twitter.com/74n7NBWlpc--Kareem Fahim (@kfahim) July 3, 2013
Islamists fighting with officers. Commander orders soldiers down from vehicles pic.twitter.com/QM3yZteXVd--Kareem Fahim (@kfahim) July 3, 2013
Standoff here. One Sheikh negotiating for a retreat. pic.twitter.com/Kt5h5Py7bx--Kareem Fahim (@kfahim) July 3, 2013
It is unclear whether the army is truly there "for security," as they have claimed, or whether they are beginning a government takeover. Either way, there are reports that security forces have placed a travel ban on the president. We'll have more as the story develops.