Egypt curfew shortened by two hours excluding Fridays
Curfew imposed on 14 Egyptian governorates will now start at 9pm instead of 7pm excluding Fridays, which usually see mass protests and violence
Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Aug 2013
Curfew is imposed on 14 Egyptian governorates as a result of recurring violence (Photo: Reuters)
The curfew imposed on 14 Egyptian governorates will be from 9pm (instead of 7pm) until 6am starting Saturday, the interim cabinet announced, stating that only on Fridays the curfew would start at 7pm.
This decision was announced after Friday’s rallies, staged by loyalists of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, witnessed less violence and a lower turnout of protesters in comparison to previous mass demonstrations on past Fridays.
On 14 August, the interim Cabinet re-introduced a state of emergency, accompanied by a daily curfew starting at 7pm until 6am in 14 governorates for a month.
Morsi was removed by the army on 3 July amid nationwide protests against his rule.
Rival protests by supporters and opponents of the former president, a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, have resulted in many casualties.
Hundreds of Morsi supporters were killed when security forces cleared sit-ins in Cairo and Giza on 14 August.