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Egypt army vows strict curfew enforcement

Egyptian military urges citizens to stay off streets during curfew hours, warns of violation and strict enforcement amid nationwide violence

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Aug 2013
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Egypt’s armed forces has vowed to act with "utmost firmness" against whoever violates the curfew imposed by the interim government on Wednesday in 14 Egyptian governorates, including Cairo.

The month-long curfew came into force on Wednesday at 9pm, but will run from 7pm until 6am for the remainder of the period, as a response to the escalating violence sweeping the country after Egypt's police and military stormed two sit-in of deposed president Mohamed Morsi earlier in the day.In a statement released on Wednesday, Egyptian army spokesman Ahmed Ali urged a halt to individual and vehicle movement during curfew hours.

Ali called upon people to abide by instructions when stopped by police or army forces. These include showing identifications when needed, vowing to strictly enforce the curfew.

The interim government's curfew goes under effect for Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia, Assiut, Sohag, Beni Suef, Minya, Beheira, South Sinai, North Sinai, Fayoum and Qena.

According to a cabinet media consultant, exceptions to the nighttime curfew include journalists and media personnel, whose work requires presence in the street, alongside travellers bound for the airport.

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