‘‘The military has sacrificed legitimacy. There will be a civil war,’’ said Manal Shouib, a 47-year-old physiotherapist at the pro-Morsi rally outside the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque not far from Ittihadiya.
Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, who was the ‘‘trainer’’ of the line of men doing military-style drills, shouted and roared in a tirade against Mubarak loyalists, Christians, judges, police, opposition politicians, columnists and writers he said were conspiring against Morsi. He said they attacked ‘‘anywhere that has Islam in it.’’
‘‘El-Sissi’s statement doesn’t concern us. We will sacrifice ourselves to defend legitimacy and we will die if this is our destiny,’’ he told the AP. ‘‘If the whole of Egypt is wiped out so that God’s word can remain, so be it.’’
At sunset, the cleric at Rabia al-Adawiya led prayers, asking God to ‘‘accept us as martyrs for your cause and make your slave Mohammed Morsi victorious.’’
Nearly 1,500 supporters of the president marched in the Canal city of Suez after night prayers, chanting for Morsi and damaging cars. Some carried sticks and rifles that fire birdshot, witnesses said. Residents confronted them, taking their weapons and firing in the air to disperse them, while the army deployed and fired tear gas.
Outside the palace, protesters contended that Morsi could not survive with only the Islamist bloc on his side.
‘‘It is now the whole people versus one group. What can he do?’’ said Mina Adel, a Christian accountant. ‘‘The army is the savior and the guarantor for the revolution to succeed.’’
Associated Press writers Tony G. Gabriel and Mariam Rizk contributed to this report.