Egypt`s military will issue an "important statement" for the nation soon, the higher council of the Egyptian armed forces said on Friday, according to RIA Novosti.

President Hosni Mubarak, who was expected to announce his resignation in a speech to the nation on Thursday, disappointed the protesters when he said he was delegating powers to the newly appointed Prime Minister Omar Suleiman but was not stepping down.

Local media report that the opposition expects to bring millions to the streets in Cairo and across the nation on Friday, with some people on social networking sites referring to it as a "bloody" day. They have been urging the army to join the protests against the veteran president.

The Egyptian army earlier warned it would use force against anyone attempting to provoke violence or threatening the security of the public or the state.