An Egyptian security official said authorities have postponed a move to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of the country’s ousted president to “avoid bloodshed”.

The official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, said the decision to postpone an advance against the protest camps by Muslim Brotherhood supporters came after a plan on ending the sit-ins was leaked to the media.

The security forces had planned to form cordons around the Cairo protest sites as early as dawn on Monday, according to officials who spoke earlier to The Associated Press.

A move by the police would have set the stage for clashes with thousands gathered at the two Cairo sit-ins in support of ex-President Mohammed Morsy, ousted in a July 3 coup.

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