Egypt military declares Abbasiya curfew for third consecutive day

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 May 2012

As area around defence ministry headquarters remains tense, military announces curfew - from 11pm to 6am - for third day in a row

Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Sunday extended its curfew in Cairo’s flashpoint Abbasiya district from 11pm Sunday night to 6am Monday morning.

The curfew was first imposed on Friday, following the eruption of clashes between anti-SCAF protesters and army personnel outside defence ministry headquarters in Abbasiya. Two people were killed and hundreds injured in the ensuing bloodshed.  

Since the onset of violence on 28 April, at least ten protesters have been killed and hundreds more injured.

On Friday, more than 300 protesters were arrested in a crackdown by military personnel. Although 15 female protesters were later released, the rest remained in detention as of Sunday night.

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