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Egyptian army says it won't use force

Update 2:15 p.m. ET: The Associated Press has details of the Egyptian army's declaration:

A military spokesman, Ismail Etman, has appeared on state TV saying the military "has not and will not use force" against protesters, but he urged them not to commit acts harming security or damage property.

The statement was the strongest sign to date that the military will allow week-old protests to continue and even grow as long as they are peaceful. The statement did not specify what demands the military views as legitimate — but the main demand by protesters is the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.


Original post 1:46 p.m. ET: The Egyptian army says it considers the Egyptian people's demands "legitimate" and will not use force against protesters tomorrow.

Al-Arabiya tweeted the bulletin at 1:28 p.m. ET.

The BBC, citing state television, says that "while asserting that it 'will not use force against the people', the Egyptian army has also warned against 'the carrying out of any act that destabilises the security of the country'."

Sky News followed up quickly with a report quoting the army as saying it considers the people's demands 'legitimate.'" Sky's Tim Marshall writes:

I think it really will gain momentum tomorrow. Being in the square today, there were tents and platforms being erected, lots of loud speakers and people are coming up with speeches which are holding the attention of the masses.