World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian army soldiers saluted the national flag at several schools across the nation on Sunday, probably for the first time since Egypt's 1973 war against Israel.
The soldiers in uniforms carried their weapons as they raised their hands in salute to the flag on the second day of the new academic year.
Egyptian army soldiers used to go to the schools at wartimes to join the morning assembly to salute the flag with the students in a bid to raise the students' morale.
Lt. Gen. Moustafa Hassan went in the company of a group of officers and soldiers to the playgrounds of a Cairo school near Rabaa al-Adawia Square, the site of a six-week sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and saluted the flag in front of the students.
Hassan addressed the students about the role of the Egyptian army in the October 1973 war against Israel.
At another school, al-Shahid Ahmed Taalab, students greeted visiting officers with chants supportive of the army before they saluted the flag.
"The people and the army are united," the students chanted.
Meanwhile, students supportive of the deposed president took to the streets on Sunday for the second day in a row to protest against the "military coup" against Morsi.
Egyptian Education Ministry had earlier advised the students to separate politics from the educational process.Last Mod: 22 Eylül 2013, 22:12