Egypt's day of 'reckoning'

The Muslim Brotherhood urges supporters to continue protests, this time against the army’s behaviour.

Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and police in Cairo on August 14, 2013. Picture: AFP.

CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has warned the day of reckoning has arrived.

The threat comes as the party urges its supporters to take to the streets again today, fuelling fears of further bloodshed after hundreds of people were killed in bloody clashes earlier this week.

Police moved in with deadly force to take down protest camps set up by supporters of depose President Mohamed Morsi in the Egyptian capital.

Egyptians are bracing themselves for more violence.

The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed it will protest against the army's behaviour during this week's clashes after midday prayers today.

Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities have given police the go ahead to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions.

Many fear the situation will get worse before it gets better, assuming it ever does.

Funerals are also underway for the hundreds killed on Wednesday. But many bodies remain burnt beyond recognition and are being laid out on the floor of the Iman Mosque in Cairo.

Some of the bereaved families have told Eyewitness News they are being pressurised to officially state that their loved ones committed suicide. It is only then, they are told, that they will be given a death certificate from the authorities.