A war is the last thing President Abdel Fattah el Sisi wants at a time when Egyptians are reeling from poverty and economic suffering.
Conditions in Egyptian prisons have been condemned in a UN report, which has also warned that thousands more detainees may be suffering gross violations of their human rights and could be at high risk of death
Groups of protesters gathered in several Egyptian cities beginning late on Friday in response to an online call for a demonstration against government corruption.
The UN has deferred an anti-torture conference in Egypt, a country long accused of torturing political dissidents.
Amidst a controlled media narrative and a heavy blanket of government scrutiny, many Egyptians are questioning former president Mohamed Morsi's death in whispers and with discretion.
All of Egypt's main challengers to President Sisi, who is seeking a second term in the March 26-28 vote, have pulled out of the race citing intimidation of their supporters and other tactics designed to give the incumbent an easy win.
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