An Egyptian army soldier sets up barbed wire barricades outside of the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on December 6, 2012, after a night of clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Egypt's military pledged not to use violence against protesters after it deployed tanks outside the presidential palace following worst violence since Morsi was elected. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's Republican Guard has ordered protesters supporting and opposing President Mohammed Morsi to leave the area around the presidential palace that has been the site of fierce clashes.
The guard, an elite army unit, gave protesters on both sides until 3 p.m. (1300 GMT, 8 a.m. EDT) to clear the vicinity.
At least five people were killed in fighting between Islamist supporters of Morsi and opponents calling on the leader to rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and cancel a disputed draft constitution that is to be put to a Dec. 15 referendum.
Thursday's ultimatum comes in an official statement that also announced a ban on protests outside any of the nation's presidential palaces.
The Associated Press