CAIRO, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Egypt commemorated on Sunday the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel, as rival rallies by supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood mounted.
Security forces and vehicles were deployed around the main squares of the country to prevent anticipated violence as loyalists to ousted President Mohamed Morsi called for massive continuous protests in Tahrir Square from Friday till Morsi is reinstated.
Tahrir Square, the epic center of the 2011 unrest that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, was sealed off with tanks and barbed wire, Xinhua correspondent reported.
All the entrances to Tahrir are blocked except Abdel Moniem Reyadh, which is open to the protesters coming for celebrations under the security's tight control, and people are waiting in long lines for entering through the electronic gates, he added.
He said military jetfighters flew overhead, while protesters waved with Egypt flags, and state media and some private networks aired national songs around the clock along with documentaries of the war that glorify the military.
Protesters were chanting songs for the army, carrying pictures for Defense minister Abdel Fattah Sisi, and no Islamists have shown up yet, the reporter added.
The transportation ministry announced high alert in main railways, and set up hot line for complaints from citizens.
The interior ministry warned on Saturday against "attempts that may disturb the October 6 celebrations in Egypt."
Also, Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said in a statement on Saturday that "evil element" still posed a danger, but had lost much of their power, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood.
At least four people were killed on Friday as Islamists attempted to enter Tahrir Square under the call of the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy, whose members mainly come from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Interim President Adli Mansour called Saturday all Egyptians to take to the streets to celebrate Egypt's great victory which led to the recovery of the Sinai Peninsula in a 1979 peace treaty.