Troops reportedly erect barbed wire fencing and other barriers around a Republican Guard barracks, where Morsi is said to be holed up, according to a Reuters journalist.
The army, which is also deploying troops at a pro-Morsi rally outside the Rabaa Adaweya Mosque, says it is only securing the area and seeking to protect Morsi from protesters.
A military helicopter flies over the presidential palace as opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protest in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. (photo credit: AP/Nariman El-Mofty)
Meanwhile, protesters in Tahrir are continuing to chant loudly as fireworks explode all around. A military helicopter recently hovered overhead, eliciting strong cheers from the crowd.